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Butterfly Bush White Ball

 
 

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True to its name, the silvery panicles of ‘White Ball’ butterfly bush are alive with butterflies from summer through fall. A cottage garden favorite, this small to mid-size cultivar is perfect for smaller, sunny spaces that are planted with pollinators in mind. ‘White Ball’ is a deer-resistant shrub with a terrific habit and fragrance. (Buddleia davidii ‘White Ball’)

Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Fragrant
Fragrant
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 48-60" tall, 60-72" wide
Bloom Time Late summer to fall
Size Plant - 3" pot
SKU AFLFQ31

Plant Information

4-5’ tall x 5-6’ wide. The grey-green foliage of ‘White Ball’ butterfly bush stands out in a garden for its neat, compact habit and fabulous texture. When it blooms in early summer, the ‘wow’ effect is magnified by hundreds of cone-shaped panicles that open slowly from base to tip. It’s loved by gardeners and pollinators for these honey-scented blooms that speak of old-fashioned lemonade summers. ‘White Ball’ does best in a sunny, well-draining situation, but will cope well with average or poorer soils. Deadheading spent blossoms encourages further flower formation on lateral stems – preserving the show through fall and keeping seed formation down in areas where butterfly bush has become invasive. In very early spring, the entire shrub can be cut back inches from the ground to maintain the spherical habit throughout the season. It’s an easy shrub for your garden, and one that gives delight to both gardener and wildlife.

SKU AFLFQ31
Common Name Butterfly Bush
Botanical Name Buddleia davidii
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color White
Flower Size 4-10" long flowers
Mature Height 48-60" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 60-72" wide
Bloom Time Late summer to fall
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Green
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Advantages Attract Butterflies, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant, Cut Flowers, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Prohibited In Oregon
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting & Care

Planting Instructions for Butterfly Bushes:

Butterfly Bush
  1. Open the box immediately, protect from cold, and water each potted plant. Some of your butterfly bush plants may have new green growth and some may not. If you see no leaves, don't worry; this is normal. The roots in the pot are healthy and ready to grow in your garden.
  2. Plant as soon as you can. If your weather cooperates (above freezing), begin planting as soon as possible. If not, keep your butterfly bushes where they get some sun through a window, and keep them moist, not soggy.
  3. As you set out your potted butterfly bushes, dig to loosen the soil around and below the actual spot, and then set the rooted plant at the same level if was growing in the pot.
  4. Plant your butterfly bushes about 4-6' apart, depending on the variety.

  5. When you remove the plant from the pot, do not pull on the leaves or stems. Squeeze the pot a little and the roots and soil will slide out for you.
  6. Water well after planting, and continue to water at least every two weeks, depending on rainfall.

All About Butterfly Bushes

Butterfly Bush Bicolor

Butterfly Bush is easy and quick to grow

Butterfly bushes are popular and hardy from Zone 5 south to Zone 9. In the colder zones, they die to the ground each year like a perennial plants, but in more southern regions, they are somewhat evergreen. In the warmer states, butterfly bushes often grow to 10 or 12 ft. high, and require pruning to keep them shapely. They're happy in almost any soil and prefer moist ground, but will also do well in dryer spots. They need plenty of sun, but will be fine with some shade in the warmer areas. All this tells you that this plant is a tough one, and should be easy to grow in your garden. A well-grown specimen can be a magnificent "fountain" of flowers, since the stems with heavy flower clusters tend to arch in all directions.

The colors and named varieties.

You'll find pink, white, blue, and some very beautiful new bi-colors. Buddleia "Bicolor" created a sensation when it burst on the scene. It is one of the first with bi-colored blooms, often developing long clusters that range from bluish to raspberry to bright orange as you look from the tip to the base of the flower spike.

White Butterfly Bush

Some botanists think the basic white butterfly bush has the most potent lure for insects. That's "White Profusion" with it's very heavy flower heads shown on the right.

A butterfly bush with pink, blue and white flowers on the same plant? Hmmm.

If you've ever heard about this magical butterfly bush, I think I know why. During the 1990's a very well know perennial nursery, which shall remain nameless, began selling "a butterfly bush with three colors on the same plant." The offer was such a successful bonanza for them, they repeated it over and over in ad after ad. And hundreds of thousands of gardeners bought. Well, what they got was really three small seedlings of three different plants grouped into one pot—one white, one blue and one pink. It all worked well, since butterfly bushes grow so easily and quickly, it really did look like one leafy bush as it grew. But once the "bush" was up and blooming with all the colors, if you looked closely near the ground, you'd see three little trunks, not just one. The effect was definitely one handsome bush with blooms in all three colors, but it was simply three different bushes planted very close together.

New butterfly bushes to come?

The genus Buddleia (or Buddleja to be correct) is a group of several wild species that are cultivated and hybridized for the plants we enjoy. Most are from China, but some have been imported from South America as well. The most popular is B. davidii, which was brought into England's Kew Gardens in the 1880's, and is the parent of all the well-known butterfly bushes. However, according to "The Butterfly Website", some naturalists are still seeking out unknown species of Buddleia on the slopes of the Himalayas.

Don't confuse the butterfly bush with butterfly weed.

Some people mistakenly call another famous butterfly attracting plant "butterfly bush", but that's incorrect. "Butterfly weed" is the common name of our famous flame-orange milkweed native wildflower, Asclepias tuberosa. Learn more about butterfly weed »

Shipping

Shipping begins in September based on ground temperatures, coldest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Fall bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial orders may arrive separately from bulbs and seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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