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Buddleia 'Orange Sceptre'

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Orange Sceptre Butterfly Bush (Buddleia 'Orange Sceptre') at Roger's Gardens

Orange Sceptre Butterfly Bush flowers

Orange Sceptre Butterfly Bush flowers

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Height:  8 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8a

Other Names:  Summer Lilac

Description:

A tremendous, unique variety presenting upright orange flower spikes that bloom from the bottom up in whorls; blooms year round in mild climates, with a peak season of fall through spring; attracts butterflies and hummingbirds

Ornamental Features

Orange Sceptre Butterfly Bush features showy spikes of fragrant orange tubular flowers at the ends of the branches from early fall to early spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has green foliage with grayish green undersides. The fuzzy narrow leaves remain green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Orange Sceptre Butterfly Bush is an open multi-stemmed evergreen 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.

Orange Sceptre Butterfly Bush is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Orange Sceptre Butterfly Bush will grow to be about 8 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 growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. 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. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Orange Sceptre 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. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. 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.

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