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Buddleia Blueberry Cobbler Butterfly Bush

Buddleja ‘Podaras #4’

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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 butterfly bush is a garden classic – sweetly scented long cones of massed flowers all summer acting like a magnet for butterflies of all kinds, drawing them right into your garden. Children can pass happy hours gazing at these graceful creatures while you enjoy the honey fragrance and rich colors of the flowers. A tough and hardy plant that thrives in dry soil and full sun, the Blueberry Cobbler Butterfly Bush is a medium-sized shrub that will be covered all summer long with blue flowers in long cones at the ends of all the branches.

  • Large conical blue flower clusters all summer long
  • Thrives in hot, dry and sunny locations
  • Great large plant for a container
  • Hardy and rapid growing
  • Produces no seeds, so no threat to the environment

The butterfly bush has a dark side too and has even been banned in some states because of its spreading habits. Plant breeders have stepped in and produced the Flutterby Grande range of bushes that will not produce a single seed to spread. These sterile plants, which include Blueberry Cobbler, can be grown even in states like Oregon that have banned common butterfly bushes, so sit back and enjoy the beauty without the risk.

Plant Hardiness Zones 5-10
Mature Width 4-6
Mature Height 7-9 ft.
Soil Conditions Well Drained
Sunlight Full Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Zones 5-10

Flowers are the mainstay of all gardens, lawns, yards, patios and balconies everywhere. They bring color, shape and aroma to the spaces around us and few are unmoved by their appearance in spring and summer. There is something out there to meet every need, whether it is vast showy blooms, architectural splendor, heavenly scent or a lure for winged wildlife. The Buddleia is probably the best known of all plants for achieving the latter like nothing else can. Yet it has not been without problems, as the old fashioned varieties were infamous for their invasive spreading nature; after a couple of seasons they could be found growing through a crack in the brickwork, sprouting from the guttering of your home, clogging up the train tracks and costing a fortune to clear up all over the world.

So, when these seedless varieties of butterfly bush were introduced, wildlife loving gardeners breathed a collective sigh of relief; finally the legendary butterfly bush could be welcomed back into rural spaces, and with it would come the butterflies, bees and hummingbirds in droves. Colorful, charismatic and above all, controllable, this particular example of the new breed gives a lovely dense form, with ethereal silvery foliage that gives the perfect background to the bold and vibrant purple blue flowers come summer.

Growing Blueberry Cobbler Butterfly Bushes

The Buddleia takes its name after Adam Buddle, a renowned English botanist, and is native to a great many regions in the world from the southern United States to Chile and Africa to Asia. The modern seedless varieties are very similar to the older davidii and retain many of the features that are so adored with Buddleia Blueberry Cobbler, adding depth and color to your landscape. This particular example is a mid-sized plant that is easy to care for and control with its foliage remaining compact and manageable and not becoming leggy as some of its cousins tend to.

Size and Appearance

With its green-green silvery leaves, which are somewhat reminiscent of sage leaves, it will grow to around six feet high and often just as wide as it is tall, with relatively dense foliage so as to produce a good bush shape. The leaves are long, narrow and plentiful and, thanks to their delicate coloring, provide added interest when touched by the breeze; the sight of the wind flipping the leaves over to expose their paler undersides gives a real sense of movement and life. As the leaves themselves are scented it adds another aromatic dimension that few plants can match.

In the cooler parts of its climate range this is a true deciduous plant, but in the warmer areas you will find it gives almost all year round foliage and behaves very much like an evergreen. What makes this really stand out, however, is the explosion of bluish purple flowers that begins at the start of summer and continues unabated until the first frosts of fall. It is a dramatic and bold display of color and scent that will draw huge numbers of butterflies, bees and the absurdly delightful hummingbird to your property.

Soil Conditions

In return for all of this splendor you will have to do very little, as it does not require all that much special attention. Good drainage is a must, with regular watering also useful especially in times of heat and little rainfall. Although these plants will tolerate dryness, they will not be best pleased with you if it continues for very long and equally will punish you will yellowing leaves and drop if the drainage is not sufficient. It is not fussed by the acidity or alkalinity of soils nor does it mind much whether it is sandy or loamy but it does expect at least 6 hours a day of full sun, so be sure to plant somewhere that is not going to be overshadowed in the future by other plants.

Planting Your Bush

When planting your Buddleia Blueberry Cobbler Butterfly Bush, ensure that the hole you dig means the top of the soil in the pot will be inline with the earth into which you are planting. There is no need for fertilizer, but water well upon planting and then every two weeks thereafter or more frequently if particularly dry. Once all this is done, all you need to do is buy yourself a butterfly identification book, find a comfy place to sit and enjoy the new visitors to your property. The perfect way to spend a quiet summer afternoon.

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Buddleia Blueberry Cobbler Butterfly Bush

Buddleja ‘Podaras #4’

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