Hardy Buddleja Species & Cultivars

cordata subsp tomentella

An erect small tree bearing clusters of small sweetly scented creamy white flowers in July or August. The green leaves bear a covering of closely packed hairs on the undersides.



B. cordata subsp. tomentella grows with oaks and junipers in the chaparral of Northeastern Mexico at altitudes of 1000-2600m.

Names as a subspecies of Buddleja cordata in 1924 by Eliane Meyer Norman, the French born American botanist due to the closely packed hairs on the underside of the leaves unlike the species which is covered with tufts of hair.


  • Flower Colour: Clusters of small creamy white flowers pruduced in terminal panicles
  • Habit: Erect
  • Eventual height: 400cm x 300cm (12ft) Specimen in the collection, pruned so it does not get any higher
  • Hardiness: -20c
  • Leaf colour: Pale green elliptical leaves
  • Flowering: July - August
  • Fragrance: Sweetly scented
  • Situation: Sunny to light shade well drained
  • Wildlife: Moderate for hover flies

Project Details



Place of Origin

Mexico Guanaxuato

Plant Heritage

Accession Number B124

All details of our collection are held on the main Plant Heritage database including plant name, accession number, date of accession and plant source.


  • Genus Buddleja
  • Species cordata
  • Subspecies tomentella
  • Category Hardy Species Shrub
  • Colours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline, cultivation notes should be followed

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