butterfly bush

Glen4sure(7a)June 26, 2014

This bush grew exceeding fast and out of control since last year. As you can see the color is yellow and the shape is gone. I do not know the name of the bush, I brought it on clearance from Lowes. How do I trim this shrub?

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It's a Buddleia, probably 'Honeycomb.' I'm not sure what shape you want, but if it's a nice, tidy, round, tightly-trimmed one, this is not the plant for you.

As flowers fade, you can cut it back, but this is essentially deadheading and it will stimulate more rapid growth.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 3:03PM
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cecily(7 VA)

In my area, butterfly bushes are commonly cut back to about two feet tall each year in early spring. You can trim back long branches throughout the summer if you like.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 3:22PM
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Sara Malone Zone 9b

Severely. You cannot hurt this plant.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 12:25AM
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