Buzz™ Midnight Butterfly Bush

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We have a lot of good news to share about this special line of sterile, small Butterfly Bushes! The compact Buzz™ line has been field-tested for years and is not considered invasive!

Support the nectar needs of local butterflies and pollinators with these charming, small-scale flower factories. Buzz™ Midnight Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii 'TOBUDMIDNI') also gives you a wonderfully free-flowering display of lusciously long panicles of deep purple blooms for months!

More eggplant than amethyst, Buzz™ Midnight blooms are composed of many hundreds of tiny flowers. You'll be thrilled to see how popular they are with butterflies. Keep your camera nearby! Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies are among the many varieties that will come to call.

In the past, Buddleia (which has been renamed to Buddleja) was a rangy shrub that self-seeded. They were always a rich nectar source...but grew to become a problem for many states.

Nature Hills prides itself on following each and every state and federal regulation on plant materials. That's why we've partnered with a cutting-edge shipping software called Plant Sentry™. We are also proud to offer the sterile Buzz™ series of Butterfly Bushes. No seed means no problems with problematic seedlings.

Relax in your space with these beautiful woody deciduous plants. Their lance-shaped leaves look cool and refreshing in the heat of summer. Their lush growth arches up in a tightly compact habit. You'll create a high-performance flowering display from spring through frost. Hardy throughout USDA planting zones 5 to 9, these smaller Buddleia grow just 3-5 feet in height but about 3 feet in width.

The fragrant arched flower panicles can be used in rustic cut flower arrangements. Dry them in the vase for a pretty display indoors! You'll love the aromatic gray-green foliage and the fast-growth are more than enough to make you love these shrubs even during the few times of the year they're not in bloom!

Planting and Application:

Pump up the visual appeal of tired, old foundation plantings or revive a weary hedge. Expand them outward to include a layer of these jewel-toned blooms. Don't forget to place seating nearby, as people working for your tenants will want to sit and study all the special flying visitors. Hype up your efforts in sustainable property management on social media and sales materials!

These are well-branched, yet open and airy shrubs that make an impressive "see-through" accent near the edge of your mixed shrub borders. Turn a portion of your front yard into a learning opportunity for your neighborhood. Or simply add loads of these charming flowering plants to your existing plantings.

Smaller gardens needn't miss out on the fun, either. This improved cultivar never gets lanky or leggy, and can be easily grown on a balcony or patio in oversized outdoor containers. Grow them in the ground, or pop them into large outdoor containers. You'll be delighted with the gorgeous, 6-inch, dark purple flowers from the middle of summer through frost.

No matter how small or large your space'll be able to utilize the carefree beauty of these important shrubs. They add an attractive depth of color without looking oppressive or stolid.

Buzz™ Midnight Butterfly Bushes are a wonderful late-season nectar resource for butterflies, Hummingbirds, and honeybees. Your choice will keep these precious helpers healthy and well-nourished! Include larval caterpillar Host Plants like Swamp Milkweed to create a fully integrated Butterfly Garden! We offer so many beautiful plants for pollinators!

These plants are often listed on Firewise Landscaping state lists. Include them in your defensible space surrounding your property. Growing veggies? Line the "company-side" of your Victory Garden with a row of them and you'll get a larger harvest during the second planting of the season. Cottage Gardens need these mounded plants. Try them as a hard-working low hedge to provide a welcome bit of definition.

  • Long, Full-Sized Deep Purple Flower Clusters
  • Honey Scented Fragrant Flowers
  • Stays Tidy & Compact
  • Pretty, Gray-Green Aromatic Foliage
  • Flower Display Keeps Coming Summer Through Fall
  • Excellent Nectar Resource
  • Flowers Attract Butterflies, Hummingbirds & Beneficial Pollinators
  • Useful Landscape Shrub, Specimen & Low Hedge

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Give Butterfly Bushes in full sun at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. The more sun...the more blooms. They need well-drained soil. Elevate your plantings in a raised bed, if needed, as they won't tolerate wet soils. These waterwise plants do need careful attention to watering until their root systems are well established. Please provide a consistent amount of water regularly during their first season in the ground. They'll become drought-tolerant with age and a good layer of mulch helps support them year-round. However, we do recommend you give growing plants supplemental water as needed in a prolonged drought.

Deadhead the spent blooms for a longer-lasting performance. It's an easy way to sneak in some time in your garden...and the extra blooms are well worth the minimal effort. Do not prune your Buddleia in early fall. Wait until spring and then cut your plants back to about a foot. In colder climates, these shrubs may die back to the ground and are used more like Perennials. In spring, simply cut all stems right down to the roots and allow new growth to develop from the crown. Warmer climates can enjoy Buddleia as woody shrubs that just need some early spring trimming.

  • Full Sun Shrub/Perennial
  • Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Waterwise Once Established
  • Easy-Care & Grows Fast
  • Rarely Damaged by Deer
  • Improved Sterile Cultivar - Not Considered Invasive
  • Prune Early Spring

Maximize your garden with these generous plants. Tidy, special Buzz™ Midnight Butterfly Bushes stay put where they are planted and are a wonderful way to support your local ecology. Order today at Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.

This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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Plant Sentry


To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Buzz™ Midnight Butterfly Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Plants That Work
Botanical Name Buddleia davidii 'TOBUDMIDNI'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 3 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Dark Purple
Foliage Color Gray-Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes