by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP
In our region of Greater Victoria, #yyj, the beautiful flowering Butterfly Tea has recently been labelled as invasive. Each tree is covered with flowers from July to September and if the blossoms are left to go to seed, they spread and sprout easily in our growing conditions. The new growth has spread at a rate that the new trees are endangering our native species.
The above pictured Butterfly tree is one I rescued from a culvert before it was labelled invasive. It was less than a foot high and in the second year I accidentally cut the top off when pruning. I thought that would be the end of it however, another branch bent over and shoots grew upright and branched out. This tree growth is only the third year! I can see why it has been categorized as invasive.
Originally from Asia where it is used medicinally for an eye and liver treatment. It is also used to infuse in teas. In North America it is popular for using as a natural dye and create sweet syrups. There are not any studies available at the time of this writing to that breaks down the qualities or benefits of this tree’s flowers, leaves, branches and roots.
- Dying Naturally with Buddleia davidii
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