Buddleia tricolor, a most colorful shrub

Buddleia tricolor

Within the immense catalog of botanical species, there are many that are beautiful, authentic brushstrokes of color that flood any garden or plot of land with joy, luminosity and, sometimes, also aromas. There is so much variety that it is easy to find plants that manage to conquer the most demanding. But nature surprises us to the extreme, with specimens that seem taken from a story, like works of art from the most dreamy artist and this happens with the Buddleia tricolor, un most colorful bush.

Any romantic person would fall for the charms of a shrub like the Buddleia. And it is worth knowing it, not only for its aesthetic qualities, which it has, but because in addition to beauty, this species is beneficial for the ecosystem. If you decide to grow it in your garden, you will be giving life to your private paradise with its plurality of shades and attracting butterflies, thus transforming this natural corner into a carousel of colors.

Do you want to know everything about the Buddleia tricolor? We in JardineriaOn We tell you, so you know all its secrets and also how to grow it if you liked it as much as we did.

Characteristics of the Buddleia tricolor or Butterfly Bush

Buddleia tricolor

This tricolor plant It does not exist naturally in nature, but is a hybrid. It comes, of course, from Buddleia, a shrub that has its origins in America, Asia and Africa. There are no less than 100 species of this plant. Genus Scrophulariaceae

One of the characteristics of this shrub is also its height, because the butterfly tree can reach 3 meters in height. 

Its leaves are also striking, grayish green in color and lanceolate in shape, growing from branches that are long and arched. However, a special chapter is deserved by its flowers, which are the true protagonists of this specimen, with beautiful shades. roses, white and purple

Hen/Stag three-color flowers They are so striking that butterflies and other pollinating insects are attracted to the bush. A nice formula to enjoy these beautiful beings if you like them. After all, butterflies are a very symbolic animal. 

Buddleia tricolor care

Buddleia tricolor

Given the unique characteristics of this impressive shrub, it is not unusual for many of our readers to consider cultivate the Buddleia tricolor. Is this your case? Then, this guide about its care will be great for you.

Good news about this tricolor shrub is that it is a very resistant species. It adapts to different environments and climates, so it won't give you too many problems when it comes to sowing or planting it and taking care of it so that it grows beautifully. In fact, we can find specimens spread all over the world, even in climates that are far from their Asian and African origins. 

The only thing we should avoid for the species is excessive cold. If we grow it in a climate that is too cold, we can suffer the loss of its leaves, although it is an evergreen species that never sheds or, at least, is not left without foliage. Unless, as we have said, the temperature is too low.

Where to locate the tricolor buddleia

El butterfly tree needs a lot of light. It doesn't matter if it is in full sun or receiving indirect light, but it will require a lot of lighting. However, if the area of ​​your garden where you plan to place the buddleia only provides partial shade, it could also work.

On the other hand, it is a species that will survive well as long as the soil has good drainage. If, in addition to being drained, it is slightly alkaline, even better, because it will grow prettier.

Watering needs of Buddleia tricolor

Buddleia tricolor

This is a plant that will require little watering, so reserve the water and do not waste it on the tricolor buddleia. Water more frequently the first few years, until the bush is grown. Then, reduce watering and do it only when the plant is dry, very occasionally in winter and autumn. 

Should I fertilize the Buddleia?

A little good never hurts organic material. In the specific case of the buddleia, reserve for late spring and beginning of autumn. We know that, in general, we recommend fertilizing in spring, but in this species the opposite happens. 

Should Buddleia tricolor be pruned?

To keep it looking its best, it is advisable to prune when spring arrives and before the new seasonal flowers appear. We will remove not only dry and withered flowers, but also dry branches. 

Ecological benefits of Buddleia

Not only is it easy to care for and both visually and olfactorily beautiful, but buddleia is beneficial for the environment. Thanks to its colors and intoxicating aroma, the butterfly bush serves to attract pollinating insects of all kinds. 

Pests and diseases of Buddleia

Buddleia tricolor

The Buddleia is not free from suffering plagues and diseases. From a young age she will be exposed to aphids and red spiders. It is advisable to be very attentive to identify the first symptoms of invasion of any pest and to be able to act immediately, thus minimizing the damage. 

If you notice the presence of any pest, apply a ecological insecticide and be persistent in the treatment, to prevent it from appearing again. 

On the other hand, by avoiding excessive watering you can fight pests, fungi such as powdery mildew and common plant diseases such as root rot. 

Decorate gardens with Buddleia tricolor

After knowing the butterfly tree, you will understand why a shrub like this is ideal for decorating gardens and making these spaces look like pure fantasy. You can fill your flowerbeds with these species and combine them, if you prefer, with other plants with similar characteristics such as roses or lavender. These species require similar care in terms of light and watering and will be able to coexist perfectly.

It is also necessary to prune the Budlleia tricolor, so that it grows stronger and, also, if we live in a very windy area, prune the upper part, to prevent the wind from breaking the branches and causing damage to the bush. This would be a shame, after so much effort in taking care of it. 

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