Buddleja coriacea

This rare butterfly bush hailing from the mountains of Bolivia and Peru.Grown for its clusters of attractive orange flowers but also for its handsome foliage. It makes a densely crowned, sprawling10-20’ shrub or tree,branching almost at ground level. It is distinguished by its 2” long, dark green waxy leaves. Contrasting undersides are covered in a cinnamon-brown fuzz. Adding to its year round appeal, the bark becomes fissured over time. The scented inflorescences comprise 3–8 pairs of cymes, each one inch cluster filled with 8–12 tiny flowers. They begin an orangey-yellow, aging to an orange-red. The tiny flared flowers are quite similar to the B. globosa, only with looser clusters of flowers. A valuable addition to a winter garden,blooming December and June.This shrub is useful as a wind break, can be used as a privacy screen where evergreen or located anywhere you want a tough and beautiful large shrub that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Provide regular water from late spring to fall then reduce in winter so plants do not become water-logged. Mulch to protect from light freezes.

Earl,
Curious Plantsman

Full Sun
Average Water

Perennial
USDA zones 8b-10