July Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum (Part II)

July 22nd, 2010 by Pat Chinn-Sloan

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum July 19 - August 2, 2010

  1. Fuchsia magellanica
  2. Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Blue Bird’
  3. Ilex purpurea
  4. Lomatia myricoides

**Editor’s Note: Buddleja ‘Lochinch’ (Butterfly Bush) was removed from this list due to concerns over invasiveness potential.

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2 Responses to “July Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum (Part II)”

  1. Kelsey Weinberg says:

    You guys do know that Butterfly Bush is a noxious weed right? Butterfly bush is a nasty, evil plant that spreads wildly and starves butterfly larve and I truely hope that you get rid of it ASAP.

  2. David Zuckerman says:

    Dear Kelsey -

    Yes, indeed we do know that Buddleja davidii and it’s cultivars are invasive. If you open up the July Colour pdf, you’ll note that I am NOT promoting the asforunmentionable, but offer as an alternative the assumed sterile hybrid Buddleja ‘Lochinch’.

    We removed all B.d. cvs from our plant collections several years ago when it was initially listed as invasive. Apparently, at the time, ‘Lochinch’ was OK to remain. We may now need to rethink this, as ‘Lochinch’ has been proven to not be truly sterile.

    Sarah Reichard, our leading UWBG authority on invasive plants has asked that we dicuss this in our next curation committee meeting.

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

    Sincerely, David Zuckerman