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Flutterby Grande Sweet Marmalade Butterfly Bush*

Buddleia 'Flutterby Grande Sweet Marmalade'

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Flutterby Grande Sweet Marmalade Butterfly Bush (Buddleia 'Flutterby Grande Sweet Marmalade') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Flutterby Grande Sweet Marmalade Butterfly Bush flowers

Flutterby Grande Sweet Marmalade Butterfly Bush flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Summer Lilac, Nectar Bush

Group/Class:  Flutterby Series

Description:

An interesting garden shrub with fragrant golden yellow flowers with orange centers in late summer when little else blooms; attracts butterflies; a larger non-invasive sterile variety

Ornamental Features

Flutterby Grande Sweet Marmalade Butterfly Bush features showy panicles of fragrant gold flowers with orange eyes at the ends of the branches from mid summer to mid fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has grayish green foliage with silver undersides throughout the season. The fuzzy narrow leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Flutterby Grande Sweet Marmalade Butterfly Bush is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Flutterby Grande Sweet Marmalade Butterfly Bush is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Flutterby Grande Sweet Marmalade Butterfly Bush will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Flutterby Grande Sweet Marmalade Butterfly Bush makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features