Buddleia Asian Moon Butterfly Bush

Buddleia 'Asian Moon'

13 Reviews

Buddleia Asian Moon Butterfly Bush

Buddleia 'Asian Moon'

13 Reviews


How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me


The Asian Moon Butterfly Bush is a modern cultivar of these much loved and widely recognized shrubs, always surrounded by a delicate cloud of butterflies and attractive to hummingbirds too. Highly decorative and extremely dramatic, this plant grows easily in hot, dry and sunny locations and is covered all summer long with cones of light-purple flowers that are magnets for butterflies and for children too. Entertain all the family with butterfly antics and enjoy the rich color and honey fragrance of this plant.

  • Ideal choice for summer flowers in hot, sunny locations
  • Beautiful purple cones of flowers
  • Magnet for butterflies and hummingbirds too
  • Easily grown in the garden or a large pot
  • Produces no seed that can become an environmental problem

The spreading habit of common butterfly bushes has become such a problem that many states have prohibited the original plants. Now, thanks to clever breeding and hybridization, we have a range of spectacular plants that are completely sterile so they can never spread outside your garden. Asian Moon Butterfly Bush is one of these brilliant introductions, so you can plant away with full respect for the environment.

Plant Hardiness Zones 5-10
Mature Width 5-7
Mature Height 5-7
Sun Needs Full Sun
Zones 5-10

When you are planning a garden, looking to fill a gap or replace a spent plant, one of the best things you can consider is planting for wildlife. More often than not plants that attract large numbers of bees and butterflies are also highly decorative and add color, shape and texture to your landscape, while also offering important food sources to many creatures. The Buddleia is so successful at creating a haven of deliciousness that it is virtually unrivaled, and any self-respecting butterfly garden that does not contain one will certainly be quietly complaining about you behind your back.

Native to a great many regions of the world from the southern United States to Chile, Africa and Asia, the buddleia takes its name from the renowned English botanist, the Reverend Adam Buddle, with the title being posthumously awarded. The new seedless varieties were a very welcome addition to the market as the older traditional plants were considered so invasive that their planting was heavily restricted, which unfortunately proved a great loss to wildlife. Fortunately much has been kept from those original plants, and certainly all of the things that were so loved in the first place. These are unfussy and easy to grow, and require very little special treatment.

Growing Buddleia Asian Moon Butterfly Bushes

Quite apart from the plump lances of tiny deep purple flowers, each dotted in the center with an orange eye, ‘Asian Moon’ has two tone foliage; the upper side of the leaves shows a grey-green color with a silvery hue that gives it a blueish tone, and the underside is a pale silver that when caught in the breeze give a wonderful effect as the leaves move around. Even without the dramatic flower heads, these six inch long leaves that measure only one and half an inches wide, make for a lovely shrub all by themselves. Reaching heights of up to seven feet and the same in width, these sizeable shrubs are quite coarse and loose in nature allowing lovely movement, which in turn spreads the delightful honey aroma that appeals not only to us but to bees and humming birds also.

Planting Location

When choosing a position for your new addition, sunlight is an important point to consider. These are plants that want plenty of sun, in fact they prefer at least 6 hours of sun a day, and these are the conditions in which it will perform best. The hole should be twice the size of the pot in which you received the plant but only as deep, so that when placed into the ground the pot soil and earth around it will be at the same height. Water well on planting and then every two weeks thereafter (more if it is particularly dry). They are not often planted alone, but with others in order to maximize the effect and present an irresistible opportunity to wildlife.

Soil Conditions

It is a very adaptable plant, as was proven by the fertile plants who could grow without even the suggestion of soil it seems, and so you do not have to worry much about the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. Nor really the composition be it sandy or loamy. If you are in a heavy clay area then it is worth making sure that there is suitable drainage,e as being overly wet is something ‘Asian Moon’ will punish you for.


Being that Asian Moon is a fast growing shrub, there is a need to prune it if you do not want it to get too loose and leggy. A hard prune can be undertaken in early spring and once more in mid-summer. This second prune can see the plant taken down to within 3 feet of the ground and will serve to incentivize an even stronger continuation of the aromatic flowers.

Adding Asian Moon Butterfly Bushes to Your Garden

There is a lot to like about this plant, and it has certainly allowed gardeners to safely reintroduce a much loved shrub without fear of it spreading with abandon. It will furnish you and the wildlife it attracts with many years of pleasure without you having to do an awful lot to achieve it. An absolute must in any wildlife and butterfly garden, it is difficult to find any reason whatsoever to not include this in your plans and truly you will not regret it. A proliferation of deep purple flowers, beautiful silvery green texture that comes alive in a breeze and more butterflies, bees and hummingbirds than you ever thought possible.

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Buddleia Asian Moon Butterfly Bush

Buddleia 'Asian Moon'

13 Reviews