Asian butterfly bush

Buddleja asiatica | Also known as: white butterfly bush, dogtail, Winter lilac | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

White dogtail flowers are a man's best friend when it comes to the garden

Let the delights of the far east soar into your garden design with Buddleja asiatica or the Asian butterfly bush. This dazzling shrub has narrow, oval-shaped leaves that are dark green. The dense clusters of flowers are generally white but are sometimes a light shade of violet and offer a delightfully sweet scent. This shrub does best in areas that receive full sunlight and it should be planted in loamy, chalky or sandy soil that has good drainage. The Asian butterfly bush can easily serve as the star attraction within borders or flower beds. This beautiful shrub is a stunning addition to wild-flower gardens as well. Its ability to grow in containers also makes this plant a prime choice for patios or a fantastic feature in a courtyard garden.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 3
Spread [m]
  • 3
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Late winter
  • Early spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Arching
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z8-9
Heat zone
  • H9-8
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -12 - -1
Heat days
  • 90 - 150
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Attractive flowers and foliage
Creative category
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • For birds & bees
  • Roses & classics
  • For every season
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Wildlife gardens
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Specimen
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years