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    I planted several hedges of butterfly bush at our place. Purple and golden ball.

    While honey bees do visit the purple ones - they are all over the golden ball bushes. It can be like a crazy traffic jam of polinators at times. Long summer flowering. Good things about buddlia are - fast growing, evergreen(for privacy hedges) and best of all dont seem to require much additional water. In my area I can find them at just about any good nursury. Im pretty happy with them all in all.

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    Count your climatic blessings! Here, butterfly bush gets crushed by snow and often dies back to the roots. It's a slow start every year.
    “The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” -Henry David Thoreau

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    Mine do okay through the winter but I have never seen a single bee on one. Do you think that you could post a picture so I can try to find the right one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mendocino queen honey View Post
    I planted several hedges of butterfly bush at our place. Purple and golden ball.

    While honey bees do visit the purple ones - they are all over the golden ball bushes. It can be like a crazy traffic jam of polinators at times. Long summer flowering. Good things about buddlia are - fast growing, evergreen(for privacy hedges) and best of all dont seem to require much additional water. In my area I can find them at just about any good nursury. Im pretty happy with them all in all.

    Matt
    Uh, what species of plant are you calling "Butterfly Bush"? Are you referring to Buddleja species and hybrids? There are so many plants going by that common name, it would be very helpful. Thanks.
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    This is mine: http://www.bluestoneperennials.com/b/bp/BUBKP.html
    It's NOT an evergreen hedge plant.

    Matt, is your's perhaps an acacia? http://www.warners.com.au/.?p=PT&id=68
    Last edited by Hobie; 09-06-2008 at 10:57 AM.
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    The purple one I also have, the bees love it and so does everything else. I have seen the butterfly bush as large as 15 feet wide and 20 feet tall

    Damb Joe you want a species name, ( Buddleia Davidii--Black Knight )
    If it isn't broken, don't try to fix it. If you build it, they will fill it.

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    "Buddliea" try this picture Golden Globe is so busy in summer. Ive seen it listed as: orange buddliea too.

    Forest farm in oregon has buddliea, Evodia, both vitex, and alot of other rare nectar trees for sale. they even have a code listing for honey plants.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/25193206@N03/2551983526/

    lots of images with bee on them yahoo image search

    hope this helps,

    Matt

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    " Buddleia globosa." Those leaves are evergreen?
    “The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” -Henry David Thoreau

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    well... for us they keep their leaves Our winter lows are about 25F.

    Then again in the summer it gets upward of 110F. In fact for the last 3 days it was in the 108F range. Some relief today of 95.

    ...and as far as being a hedge plant...I didnt mean to imply that it was a topiary plant. onlyt hat it seems to keep the local skateboarders from scramling over the front fence. It got to be 15 feet in two seasons.

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    Matt,
    I just ordered a catalog from Forest Farm. Thanks for such a great link....I'm in hog heaven.
    Regards,
    LtlWilli~Rick

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