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What shape to encourage for newly planted Buddlia alternifolia

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I planted this beautiful buddlia last Sept. There are now several long arching stems growing from base. Should I stake these together ... train them against a fence ... trim all back except for central stem? Not sure what shape it wants to be, haven't seen one in situ before. Any ideas would be appreciated

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  • Posted: Tue. 5th June 2012 13:19

Re: What shape to encourage for newly planted Buddlia alternifolia

Reply from ELAINE HUTSON

This particular buddleia wants to drape like a fountain, so if you have room let it do what it wants to do. I have seen it trained like a small weeping tree, removing all the shoots along the main stem and encouraging the top to do its thing.

  • Posted: Tue. 5th June 2012 13:33

Re: Re: What shape to encourage for newly planted Buddlia alternifolia

Reply from Pat Palmer

Thank you for your response. I love the idea of it being like a fountain, and I do have space to allow that to happen. Do you think then perhaps I should just wait and allow the plant to develop its own natural shape this year and just trim as and when required? Thanks - Pat

  • Posted: Tue. 5th June 2012 16:03