Buddleja crispa

Buddleja crispa

Buddleja crispa (ht 2-3 m), with large, triangular leaves like pieces of silver felt is a very attractive shrub. It has previously been known as Buddleja crispa var. farreri. It does have pink flowers in spring, but its main attraction is the foliage. It makes a good background shrub, but don't let it be crowded by other plants. It grows best in full sun with good drainage. It can be cut back hard in late winter to keep it compact; this sacrifices the flowers but I prefer to use it as a foliage shrub. It could be trained as a small tree with a single trunk. Tip pruning can help produce denser foliage. This plant comes from the Himalayas. It grows easily from cuttings taken in early spring or autumn.