Buddleja davidii 'Harlequin' Buddleja davidii ‘Harlequin’ Family: Scrophulariaceae
(bud-LEE-ah dah-VID-ee-ee)
syn. Buddleia davidii ‘Harlequin’

Common name: ‘Harlequin’ butterfly bush; summer lilac
Zone: 6 – 9
Height: 5-7 ft (1.5-2.0m) Spread: 3-5 ft (0.9-1.5m)
Aspect: full sun; partial shade
Soil: average; well-draining
Water: moderate

Description: A deciduous shrub with a bushy, arching branch, vase-shaped growth habit. Lanceolate light green leaves are edged with creamy soft butter-yellow margins in spring that lighten to creamy white in summer. Masses of cylindrical panicles of reddish-purple fragrant flowers appear in early summer through to autumn.


Special Notes: ‘Harlequin’ is a sport of B. d. ‘Royal Red’. Large buddleja should be pruned annually as their branches tend to split with age. Prune shrub back to 2 ft (60 cm) in late winter. Do not prune hard in autumn as this may reduce its winter hardiness. Flowers on current year’s growth. Attracts bees and butterflies. Drought tolerant. Deer reportedly only feed on buddleja as a last resort. Propagation by softwood cuttings in summer.


Posted on April 19, 2013