Pruning Butterfly Bush - Knowledgebase Question

Camden, NC
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Question by kgunderson4
December 6, 1997
I planted a butterfly bush in November. For the winter should I cut it back? Is this necessary in the climate we live in? Is it to late to cut it back if necessary?

Answer from NGA
December 6, 1997
Butterfly Bush, also known as Buddleia Davidii, blooms on new growth. Therefore, stems should be pruned back to 1-2 ft. in early spring to encourage large, lush flower spikes. In my area, Zone 6, I always prune back my Butterfly Bush on St. Patrick's Day.

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