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.



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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).


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.

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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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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