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Buddleia 'Miss Pearl'

July 7 2017 at 9:31 PM
Joni  (Login Yodlei44)
Hummingbirder 2008

Bought this with my "July bucks" before the holiday. Couldn't pass this up. It smells delightful. 'White Profusion' was my most used Butterfly Bush with both Hummers & Butterflies in the past. It found it's way under an evergrowing Thuja 'Green Giant' & don't think it has survived as it is in the part of the yard I am behind on but am getting to finally tomorrow. This one should stay a little shorter but only by about a foot or so...
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Joni
Elwood, IL
Zone 5b
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LindaSkyview
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Re: Buddleia 'Miss Pearl'

July 10 2017, 4:39 PM 

Very pretty, Joni. Does the tag say how big (height/width) it gets? I lost my buddleias several years ago to an extremely cold winter and haven't re-planted any. Do miss them.
LindaSkyview
Western NC mountains
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D_Kleiser
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Re: Buddleia 'Miss Pearl'

July 10 2017, 10:49 PM 

We have Royal Red, which wintered over but dies back to the ground. The hummingbirds used it frequently last year and it's almost in bloom again. The fragrance is OK, but nothing to write home about. happy.gif Color is reddish purple.
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Kathi and Michael Rock
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Re: Buddleia 'Miss Pearl'

July 11 2017, 12:54 AM 

We get the best hummingbird usage from Buddleia 'Royal Red' in our yard. This season all of our butterfly bushes except for one bit the dust, so we've been trying to replace them.

Joni, this one is extremely beautiful---we used to have a white butterfly bush----unfortunately, the Japanese Beetles liked it more than all of the others.
Michael and Kathi Rock
Madison, WI
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Adrienne
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Re: Buddleia 'Miss Pearl'

July 11 2017, 1:36 PM 

Isn't the scent wonderful? I regret avoiding them because they're not native. They would have made perfect screening for our yard instead of Emerald Greens arborvitae, for instance.

Typical Buddleia grow relatively fast, flower wonderfully in summer, have amazing scent, attract some interest from hummingbirds, and defoliate in winter to allow more cheerful sunshine when the landscape can be bleak.

I do have one that is three years old. It started as a well-rooted gallon pot about a foot and half tall and is now eight feet tall. I just wish I had planted it in another location. I will not definitely not transplant that one for fear of killing it. I managed to kill two others, one by pruning in spring and one by transplanting and watering too much, I think. Fortunately Buddleia can usually be found locally and on sale at Home Depot or such.

 
 
Joni
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Hummingbirder 2008

Re: Buddleia 'Miss Pearl'

July 12 2017, 5:59 PM 

Linda,
My tag says 5-6' tall & wide. Zone 5 through 9. Proven Winners site says 48-60 inches which is close.

D,
Don't think I've had 'Royal Red' but I've never smelled a Buddleia I didn't like.

Kathi,
It would be heartbreaking to lose them all & I only did 1 time. 'Miss Molly' is the only one that didn't show signs of life this spring until very late. It is growing pretty good but I think many are very behind this year for some reason. I normally would have flowers on most by now & only some are just budding. 'Groovy Grape' was new last year for me & it is budding the best & near ready to flower. 'Lo & Behold Blue Chip' is very behind but foliage looks great. Get JB's on flowers from time to time but not terrible. They aren't flowering yet so JB's are seeking the Cupheas instead.

Adrienne,
I wouldn't care if Buddleia is not native. Many non-natives are beautiful. It would be invasiveness that I would worry about & don't have to where I'm at. I rarely get a seedling but now have only 2 in 20+ years. I was just at a plant seminar this spring who said to cut them back in fall & I highly disagree. I have never & only cut back to about 2-3" in mid-spring. I've never transplanted one to know how they do but I would hesitate to do that except only in spring, especially when most say Zone 5 on the low end & that is my Zone. Lack of snow along with very cold temps is the reason to lose them, I believe.

Joni
Elwood, IL
Zone 5b
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