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by snowbear on February 14, 2005 03:31 AM
at what time of year and how much should be cut back on a 3 yr old butterfly bush?

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Bev Brown
by frustratedattimes on February 14, 2005 05:05 AM
Snowbear,
I just finished pruning mine back today. I prune mine for shape since the plants stay leafed out year around. I cut out any suckers and low to the ground branches, the I try and shape it so it nice to look at from all directions(knowing that once it starts growing good, that is gone, lol)
Butterfly bushes are not tidy, perfect little bushes by any means.

If you prune now, when the warmer weather comes along, it will grow like crazy and fill in nicely.
In the northern states the bush will even die down to the ground and come back in the spring and grown 5 or 6 ft. tall.

I hope this helps some

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by Barb Illinois Zone 5 on February 14, 2005 05:26 AM
Hi, Bev!
Leave it to someone from northern Illinois to try and answer a South Carolina gardening question!
Here goes...
In the frozen north, buddleias are deciduous (loose their leaves in the fall) and are cut back almost to the ground. (Don't run screaming in shock yet!) If your Butterfly bush (buddleia) loses its leaves for winter, you'll have a much nicer, well behaved, fuller bush if you do just such a drastic pruning since the plant only blooms on the current year's growth. This type of pruning means cutting back the entire bush way down to the permanent framework (removing 90% of the plant). It's just like cutting back a Caryopteris or Russian Sage.
A MAJOR NOTE: Buddleias fall into 2-3 different pruning categories so if you know the name of the cultivar you have, e-mail me and I'll get you the exact info regarding pruning. The most popular cultivars around here are Buddleia davidii: Black Knight; Empire Blue; Nanho Blue, Purple and White; and the new Honycomb (if you can find it).
Look forward to hearing from you and hope this wasn't too confusing! [wayey]
Barb Zone 5

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