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Aloysia virgata

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Sweet Almond Bush is part of the Aloysia genus. Its scientific name is Aloysia virgata. The botanical name epithet for Sweet Almond Bush (virgata) means 'with long, straight shoots'.

Deciduous woody shrub or perennial for full sun to light shade. Spikes of white blooms all summer. Strongly resembles Buddleia. Mostly evergreen, with fine-textured gray-green foliage. Very pleasant and strong fragrance.2

Sweet Almond Shrub can be an excellent shrub for a butterfly garden or any spot where an insect-attracting, fragrant plant is needed. Since it grows quite tall and wide (aproximately 12 ft. tall and 12 ft. wide) it would be best if used as an accent or background shrub. Small white flowers cluster along the ends of the shoots appear year-round to perfume the landscape. Good shrub to plant near vegetable gardens and fruiting trees to invite pollinators in to visit.

This is a rapid growing tree that after dying to the ground in winter, it is capable of growing about eight feet in one growing season.5

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Anti-flash white, and tends to have a prominent vanilla almond fragrance. The mature flowers are of a clustered form. Leaves appear approximately as a   Pale silver

It is a flower / ornamental and is treated mainly as an evergreen, so it retains its leaves throughout the year.

Sweet Almond Bush is known for growing to a height of approximately 14.86 feet (that's 4.57 metres in metric) with a shrubby habit. This plant tends to be in bloom all year round.

If you would like to attract butterflies, bees and birds to your garden, consider growing this plant.

Argentina is believed to be where Sweet Almond Bush originates from.

Sweet Almond Bush needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Sweet Almond Bush have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Sweet Almond Bush

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Tolerates heavy pruning which allows you to keep it as a smaller shrub. Trimming should be done several times a year. Trimming will result in a bushier and stronger shrub. Can be trained as a Bonsai.

Apply a general landscape fertilizer in March, June and August, if needed, to encourage growth. A slow release fertilizer can be substituted. Follow label instructions.4

In dry conditions water deeply rather than frequently as this bush likes moist but well drained soil. Organic mulch spread around the bush about 2 feet from the trunk will conserve moisture and keep the roots cool in summer. Organic mulch also adds nutrients as it decomposes.3

A variety of insect pests and diseases may find the almond bush attractive from time to time. Aphids, scale insects and borers may cause deformed growth and damage to the foliage and stems. Use horticultural oil or insecticidal soaps to smother these pests or apply an insecticide.3

Position in a full sun / partial sun location and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 8 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Sweet Almond Bush tends to grow best in a soil ph of between 5.6 and 7.8 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Sweet Almond Bush is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Sweet Almond Bush to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Sweet Almond Bush from seed

Transplanting Sweet Almond Bush

Propagates from semi-hardwood cuttings.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Sweet Almond Bush is a hardy plant.

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Sweet Almond Bush Etymology

The species name virgata means “made of twigs”, “with long, straight shoots”, or “striped”, from the Latin virgatus, from virga (“twig” or “switch”) 1.

Other names for Sweet Almond Bush

Incense Bush, White Almond Bush

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