The raw material plant was saved from a pile of garden rubbish that was dumped in our local woods! I took it home, gave it a trim, and then planted it in a large pot with plenty of nutrient rich compost tea.
Two years later, and it was moved to its new home, and I began the transformation into what you see here today.
It is a variety of butterfly Bush native to South Africa, which lends itself to Bonsai, due to its beautiful trunk, nebari and small willow like leaves, it really is an eye catching bonsai which I recommend trying.
Around midsummer, when the pendulous racemes of flowers weigh down its boughs, it’s hard to decide which is more satisfying: Buddleia’s abundant, often fragrant blossoms, or the myriad butterflies they attract.
This uncommon South African Buddleja soothes the garden with a composed evergreen appearance. Offsetting the darker green-gray leaf tops, a downy white felt envelops the new growth, foliar undersides and arching stems. Tiny teeth and a bumpy texture define the long narrow, leatherlike foliage that’s reminiscent of willow leaves, while lavender flowers borne in short racemes embellish them.
Size: 6' 0" high x 6' 0" wide; hardy to zone 8.
KEEP CALM AND BONSAI