2nd October 2019

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Do butterfly bushes come back?

The bush should bloom abundantly even in its first year. In warmer climates, the bushes will grow into trees and develop rugged trunks that peel; peeling is normal. Since they bloom on new wood, even if there is no die-back, cut them back to the ground every spring.

Similarly, you may ask, when should I prune my butterfly bush?

We suggest cutting butterfly bushes back to about 4 feet high for the winter (so that heavy winter snow won't crush the bush to the ground). And don't cut the butterfly bushes back too early; November is our recommendation. Depending upon the severity of winter, your butterfly bush may appear dead in spring.
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