PUGSTER PINKER™ Butterfly Bush

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Exposure: Full Sun Height: 2' Width/Spread: 2-2.5'

A smaller habit, but not smaller blooms. Meet Pugster Pinker™ butterfly bush blooms non-stop from early summer through frost with very rich pink flowers. Each tiny bloom has a bright orange eye in the center, a detail humans love and pollinators appreciate. This shocking pink little show belongs at the front of the border, in containers, or even as a fabulous little hedge along your walkway. It offers summer long cheer in a low maintenance package.

Why grow Pugster Pinker® butterfly bush?

  • Large blooms
  • Compact habit
  • Tough landscape performance

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Light: Enjoys a full sun location best. This is any spot that receives six hours or more of direct exposure to sunlight. Less exposure will result in a less vigorous plant.

Soil: Needs well-draining soil, as it really resents being overly wet or soggy at any time. If planting in clay soil or soil that drains a little slowly, plant it a bit higher in the hole. This means the soil level around the rootball will be a bit lower, half an inch or so will usually suffice.

Water: Very, very drought tolerant once established.

Fertilizing: Apply a granular fertilizer formulated for flowering shrubs in late winter/early spring when the soil is workable.

Pruning: Pruning is recommended in early spring. Remove weak branches in the middle and about 1/2 to 2/3 of the height and width. Make cuts just about 1/4 of an inch above a bud. Dead or damaged wood can be removed at any time, just cut back to a set of leaves!

Other: This plant emerges a bit later than many other garden plants. If you’re afraid it has died over the winter, have patience and watch for emerging pale green leaf buds at the base of the plant once the temperatures are steadily warm.

Botanical Name

Buddleia 'SMNBDB' PP#33, 565, CBRAF

Zone

5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color

Pink

Foliage Color

Green

Height

2'

Width/Spread

2-2.5'

Exposure

Full Sun

Soil

Average, Dry, Well-draining

Season of Interest

Fall, Summer

Uses

Borders, Containers, Edging, Low Hedges, Mass Planting

Features

Attracts pollinators, Compact, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Fragrant, Heat tolerant, Long blooming

Blooms On

New wood

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