Return to the Pacific Northwest Garden Exchange Forum | Post a Follow-Up

HAVE: Butterfly bush cuttings

Posted by athirk WA (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 9, 10 at 19:45

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.



Follow-Up Postings:

RE: HAVE: Butterfly bush cuttings

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.

RE: HAVE: Butterfly bush cuttings

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

RE: HAVE: Butterfly bush cuttings

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.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Please Note: Only registered members from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and British Columbia are able to post messages here (this may be indicated by the title of the forum. All exchanges not indicated otherwise are restricted to those living in the U.S.)

If you are a member from an area mentioned above, please log in.

Return to the Pacific Northwest Garden Exchange Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here