Buddleja davidii 'White Cloud'

Butterfly bush

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Scented flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


photo by Rob Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (148345)

Plant details

Buddleja davidii is a fast-growing and undemanding shrub from China, ideal for a wide range of positions in the garden, provided they are sunny and the soil well-drained with a little lime. There are numerous varieties, most of them desirable, including 'White Cloud', one of the best white kinds that does not fade so obviously as the flowering season advances. The long, heavy flowering heads transform the bush and make a stunning display for 4-6 weeks, attracting clouds of butterflies. Prune hard in spring to prevent tall leggy stems, bare at the base.

Family: Buddlejaceae

Genus: Buddleja

Species: davidii

Cultivar: White Cloud

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Scented flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 500cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to prune: February to March

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