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Buddleja 'Royal Red'

Buddleja davidii 'Royal Red'

Also known as

Butterfly Bush 'Royal Red', Buddleia 'Royal Red'

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Buddleja 'Royal Red' Overview

This lovely Buddleja davidii cultivar is a deciduous shrub with arching branches and dark green, lance-shaped foliage that is white on the underside of its leaves. It produces showy inflorescences arranged in long panicles of small, scented, purple-red flowers from late summer to early autumn. Buddleja davidii 'Royal Red' is a vigorous grower and popular not only with gardeners, but also a wide range of pollinating insects, reflected by being on the RHS list of 'Plants for Pollinators'! It originates for China and Japan. This Butterfly Bush, like lots of other buddleias, is hardy - and tolerant of most garden situations. It does best however, in a sunny position in moist, well-drained soil. Also being drought-tolerant and low-maintenance, what's not to like?!

Common problems with Buddleja 'Royal Red'

How to propagate Buddleja 'Royal Red'


Propagate from semi-ripe cuttings in early summer. Root the hardwood cuttings in autumn.

Special features of Buddleja 'Royal Red'

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Attracts useful insects

Autumn colour

Drought resistant