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Buddleja globosa AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Orange and Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

orange ball tree

Family

Scrophulariaceae


Buddleja can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs, occasionally trees or scrambling climbers with simple leaves and panicles of small, tubular fragrant flowers

B. globosa is a large semi-evergreen or deciduous shrub to 5m, with dark green leaves and dense globose heads 2cm across of sweet-scented bright orange-yellow flowers in loose clusters at branch tips in early summer

Other common names

  • Chilean orange ball tree
  • round-headed buddlea
  • round-headed buddleia

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Buddleja perform best when grown in a sunny, well-drained situation

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Alkaline, Neutral or Acid
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings.

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Wildlife Gardens or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 2

Pests

Can get capsid bug, caterpillars, leaf and bud eelworms, aphids and glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

May suffer from a virus