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Buddleja davidii - butterfly bush
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Scientific Name - Buddleja davidii Franchi.

Synonyms - Buddleja variabilis Hemsely.

Popular names - arborele fluturilor, Buddleja di David, Albero delle farfalle, butterfly bush, summer lilac.

Distribution and Habitat - originating in central and western China.

Description - shrub 2-5 m high, branches edges, white tomentoase. Leaves ovat-lanceolate to lanceolate, 6-25 cm long, top acuminata, base rounded, margins slightly toothed, white tomentoase inside. Lilac flowers with orange spots, fragrant, the heads of 25 cm long, calyx pubescent, 2.5 mm long, lobes 0.6 mm long, deltoid; Corola with united petals, 1 cm long, tube narrow, crenulate. Fruit capsule, glabra. Seeds ellipsoid, 2.8 - 0.5 mm, glossy brown. 2n = 76

Growth rate - fast.

Tolerances - umbrasi drought.

Requirements - tooluri well-drained, fertile and sunny exhibitions.

Management - in hot periods require frequent watering.

Propagation - by seeds.

Diseases and pests - nematodes.

Cultivars - 'Flaming Violet' violet-purple flowers, fragrant, inflorescences 20 cm long.

'Les Kneale' pink flowers arranged in panicule.

'Miss Ellen' dark blue flowers with an orange patch on the petals in panicule 25 cm long.

Properties and Uses -

Curiosity - The genus name 'Buddleja' is given by Adam Budd. Name 'davidii' is given by the French naturalist and missionary Father Armand David, who discovered the species in 1869.

Infected or invasive species.

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