Buddleja davidi


Buddleja ‘Moonshine’ has green/yellow leaves and beautiful pinkish purple flowers.

A compact shrub not growing above 150 cm, in spring the shoots are deep yellow.

Flowering late July until September, you can see the butterflies enjoying B. ‘Moonshine’. The trade name is B. Buddma.



Buddleja ‘Moonshine’ is a chance seedling found in Ederveen, The Netherlands by Pieter van Manen in 2006.

At the time the breeder was thinking about the moon and he felt the variety shone to him, so he came up with the name Moonshine.





  • Flower Colour: Pinkish purple
  • Habit: Compact
  • Eventual height: 150cm (5ft) Spread: 60-90cm (2-3ft)
  • Hardiness: Very hardy - 20°C USDA zones 5-9
  • Leaf colour: Dark yellow in the spring turning lime green in late summer
  • Flowering: Very floriferous. The flowers are 15-20cm (6-8") in length
  • Fragrance: Sweetly scented and rich in nectar
  • Situation: Prefers a sunny position
  • Wildlife: Good for bees, butterflies and other insects
  • Later in the year some close up images of the flowers and leaves will be added along with a botanical description.

Project Details



Place of Origin

Central China, west China and Japan

Plant Heritage

Accession Number B153

All details of our collection are held on the main Plant Heritage database including plant name, accession number, date of accession and plant source.


15 Buddleja were awarded an AGM  at the 2008-10 Wisley Trial.  It was mainly the  Buddleja davidii that were judged but we have many others in our 160+ collection which are worthy winners.


  • Genus Buddleja
  • Species davidii
  • Cultivar 'Moonshine’ Buddma EU Application pending
  • Category semi - deciduous Shrub
  • Propagation for resale is illegal without a licence from the agent
  • Colours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline, cultivation notes should be followed

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