Buddleja davidi


In the land of the Lilliputians, Gulliver is the giant. In the land of butterfly bushes, Buddleja ‘Gulliver’ lives up to its name! Why? Because the flowers of B. ‘Gulliver’ are incredibly big!

B. ‘Gulliver’ has a compact growth habit and reaches a height of 175 cm. This bush stands out because of its beautiful large spikes with an impressive length of 30 cm. Its flowers are lilac with small orange eyes.

Flowering profusely, we are not surprised bees and butterflies love this Buddleja! Think big, bigger, biggest with Buddleja davidii ‘Gulliver’! (Reinier Van Rijssen, Holland quote)


Buddleja ‘Gulliver’ is a British hybrid cultivar raised from a crossing of B. ‘Pink Delight’ and B. ‘Nanho White’ at the East Malling Research Station in Kent, England by Kenneth Tobutt and patented in 2007.





  • Flower Colour: Pinkish lilac
  • Habit: Compact slightly spreading
  • Eventual height: 150-200cm (5-6ft) Spread: 60-90cm (2-3ft)
  • Hardiness: Very hardy - 18°C USDA zones 5-9
  • Leaf colour: Medium green
  • Flowering: Very floriferous. The flowers are 20-30cm+ (8-12") 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 B148

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


15 Buddleja were awarded an AGM  at the 2008-10 Wisley Trial.  It was mainly the  Buddleja davidii that were judged but we have many others in our 160+ collection which are worthy winners.

  • Genus Buddleja
  • Species davidii
  • Cultivar 'Gulliver’ EU27274
  • Category semi - deciduous Shrub
  • Propagation for resale is illegal without a licence from the agent
  • Colours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline, cultivation notes should be followed

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