HAVE: Butterfly bush cuttings

athirkFebruary 9, 2010

Hi all,

We need to remove a very large butterfly bush (probably 12" diameter trunk) that is growing into a nearby structure. I see that there are a few possible cuttings (?) that someone might be able to cut off if they know how to do that (I'm a newbie gardener, so I don't know how that works, but thought I'd offer it anyway). We'll be cutting it probably within the next week or two.

We are in North Seattle.

Cheers,

Ashley

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yaslan(8 WA state)

But there's a dark side to this popular plant. Butterfly bush can be a very aggressive, or invasive non-native shrub that, in certain situations, can overtake native vegetation, according to horticulturists with the Oregon State University Extension Service and weed biologists with Oregon's Department of Agriculture (ODA).

http://extension.oregonstate.edu/news/story.php?S_No=770&storyType=garde

In Oregon, the ODA officially classified it as a class "B" noxious weed in 2004. Its strategic plan includes efforts to eradicate butterfly bush in the wild, but not from people's yards.

Impacts
This plant is a pioneering species that dominates open habitats. It poses an ecological threat to dry-land meadows, open slopes and dunes, dominating these sites as much as Scotch broom has historically. It also invades reforested sites, resulting in a loss of forest productivity.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2010 at 3:16PM
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homersgarden(7)

They just outlawed the sale of this plant in Oregon. A pretty plant, but it is OBnoxious.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2010 at 2:07PM
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Patrick888(z8 SeaTac WA)

Not all butterfly bushes are invasive. I have 7 on my property and have never found even one seedling. I have seen pale lavender (and a few white) bf bushes in areas along I-5 in "generous" quantities, but they don't appear to be the hybrids commonly found in nurseries.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2010 at 5:57PM
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