Buddleja davidi


This is a shrub that was a sport of B. ‘Royal Red’. It bears panicles of fragrant red-purple flowers with yellow and green variegated leaves.

Any reversion i.e. green shoots with no variegation should be removed;

Possible better is B. davidii ‘Santana’.


This cultivar has been in cultivation since 1964 having originated as a sport of B. davidii ‘Royal Red’.




  • Flower Colour: Red-purple
  • Habit: 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 variegated cream
  • Flowering: The flowers are 15-20cm (6-8") in length
  • Fragrance: Scented
  • Situation: Prefers a sunny position
  • Wildlife: Good for bees and butterflies
  • 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 B089

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 'Harlequin’
  • Category semi - deciduous Shrub
  • Colours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline, cultivation notes should be followed

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