Buddleja davidi


A talking point on a Buddleja Tour, what does the name mean?

I believe it came from a nursery in Essex, Langthorns; any plants they were unable to name became a “gonglepod”, a term probably coined by Jo Sharman.

It is an interesting cultivar and attracts interest when in flower with medium dark green leaves and lilac- pinkish flowers.



A chance seedling found on a nursery in Essex, England.





  • Flower Colour: Lilac pinkish
  • Habit: Open slightly spreading
  • Eventual height: 150-200cm (5-6ft) Spread 150-200cm (5-6ft)
  • Hardiness: Very hardy - 20°C USDA zones 5-9
  • Leaf colour: Dark green
  • Flowering: Very floriferous. The flowers are 20-25cm (8-9") in length
  • Fragrance: Sweetly scented and rich in nectar
  • Situation: Prefers a sunny position
  • Wildlife: Good for bees, butterflies and other insects
  • Later in the year some close up images of the flowers and leaves will be added along with a botanical description.

Project Details



Place of Origin

Central China, west China and Japan

Plant Heritage

Accession Number B031

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 davidii.
  • Cultivar 'Gonglepod’
  • Category semi - deciduous Shrub

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