Buddleia davidii ‘Royal Red’

Red Butterfly Bush

Boething Treeland Farms grows over 1,200 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and specialty plants on ten California nurseries to serve the wholesale landscape and nursery industries throughout the Western United States and beyond.

Plant Type: Shrubs

Evergreen-Deciduous: Deciduous

Overall Mature Size: Large

Also Grown As: Bush

Mature Height & Spread: 6-10' x 6-10'

Natural Growth Habit: Upright

Native To: Asia

Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water: Medium Water

Flower Color: Red

Bloom Time: Summer

Special Features: Attracts Birds/Butterflies / Cold Hardy / Deer Resistant / Hedge / Intermountain Conditions / Screen

Container Sizes: #1, #5

Sunset Garden Zones: 3b-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

A Bit More

The gracefully shaped leaves and vivid purple, honey scented blooms of Buddleia ‘Royal Red’ are surefire eye catchers in the summer garden. Buddleia is commonly called ‘Butterfly Bush’, as it functions as a magnet for hungry pollinators during the summer months, when most plants have finished their spring displays; both butterflies and hummingbirds flock to the panicles of intense red-violet flowers. Deadhead Buddleia regularly to maintain a tidy appearance, and to prevent the unintentional spread of seeds. ‘Royal Red’ isn’t quite as huge as the straight species, topping out at around 6 by 6 feet, but does still benefit from substantial pruning during after the bloom has finished. Buddleia is moderately drought tolerant once it gets established, but with adequate irrigation, it will soak up all the heat and sunshine it can get. Adding a little garden lime to the soil seems to improve the foliage and bloom, as does planting where it will receive full sun. In most parts of California, it never gets quite cold enough to force Butterfly Bushes into a real dormancy, and they end up performing like an evergreen.

A Bit More

The gracefully shaped leaves and vivid purple, honey scented blooms of Buddleia ‘Royal Red’ are surefire eye catchers in the summer garden. Buddleia is commonly called ‘Butterfly Bush’, as it functions as a magnet for hungry pollinators during the summer months, when most plants have finished their spring displays; both butterflies and hummingbirds flock to the panicles of intense red-violet flowers. Deadhead Buddleia regularly to maintain a tidy appearance, and to prevent the unintentional spread of seeds. ‘Royal Red’ isn’t quite as huge as the straight species, topping out at around 6 by 6 feet, but does still benefit from substantial pruning during after the bloom has finished. Buddleia is moderately drought tolerant once it gets established, but with adequate irrigation, it will soak up all the heat and sunshine it can get. Adding a little garden lime to the soil seems to improve the foliage and bloom, as does planting where it will receive full sun. In most parts of California, it never gets quite cold enough to force Butterfly Bushes into a real dormancy, and they end up performing like an evergreen.