Buddleja globosa

26 Jun

Buddleja globosa (22/06/2013, Brighton)

Buddleja globosa (22/06/2013, Brighton)

Position: Full sun to partial shade

Flowering period: Early summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 5m

Eventual Spread: 5m

Hardiness: 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Buddleja globosa is a semi-evergreen shrub with a bushy rounded habit . Its dark green leaves are lanceolate with entire margins, up to 20cm long and 7cm broad. Its orange fragrant flowers appear in clusters of up to 50 flowers at the branch tips and are up to 2.5cm across. Its fruit are wingless seeds.

Buddleja globosa Flower (23/05/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Buddleja globosa Flower (23/05/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Buddleja globosa, commonly known as the Orange Ball Tree or Chilean Orange Ball Tree, is native to  Chile and Argentina. In its native habitat it grows in both dry an moist forests.

The etymological root of the binomial name Buddleja is named after Adam Buddle (1662-1715), an English botanist. Globosa is from the Latin meaning ’rounded’.

The landscape architect may find Buddleja globosa useful as a large ornamental shrub. As with all Buddleja’s this shrub is very attractive to nectar loving insects and may form a component of a wildlife garden. Once established this shrub is drought tolerant. Unlike Buddleja davidiiBuddleja globosa is not invasive owing to its wingless seeds.

Buddleja globosa Leaf (22/06/2013, Brighton)

Buddleja globosa Leaf (22/06/2013, Brighton)

Ecologically, Buddleja globosa flowers are very attractive to nectar loving insects.

The Royal Horticultural Society has given Buddleja globosa their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Buddleja globosa prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Buddleja globosa requires little maintenance. Formative pruning should e carried out after flowering.


3 Responses to “Buddleja globosa”

  1. solarbeez 13/02/2014 at 04:32 #

    I’m all ears when it comes to plants that attract pollinators. I’ve never heard of this plant and would like to know if it would grow on the Oregon Coast. We’re considered a zone 5, acid soil because of the rainfall, and a temperate climate. Sounds like my bees would love it.

    • Davis Landscape Architecture 13/02/2014 at 08:36 #

      I think it unlikely it would survive your winters if you are zone 5, it is only hardy to zone 8a (about -12ºc). If you are close to the coast I would imagine your hardiness zone be higher than zone 5. I would check again as the coastal region is more like zones 8-9, in which case it would be fine.

      • solarbeez 13/02/2014 at 15:26 #

        Thanks for the reply. I’m going to check with my local nursery.

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