Species & Hybrids Tender Winter Protection


Buddleja saligna has long narrow dark green leaves, the underside covered with pale hairs. The white flowers are borne from midsummer. Not hardly in the UK best grown in a glasshouse.

When describing Buddleja saligna to visitors at the nursery I call it the “olive” Buddleja as with its long narrow dark green leaves when not in flower it looks like Olea europaea.



Named and described in 1909 by German botanist and taxonomist Carl Ludwig Willdenow.

B. saligna grows wild in South Africa, Natal, Orange Free State, Transvaal and north to Zimbabwe. Habitats range from mixed scrub, forest margins and coastal thickets to edges of wooded valleys to an altitude of 2000m.



  • Flower Colour: Cream
  • Habit: Large shrub
  • Eventual height: 200cm (6ft)
  • Hardiness: requires winter protection
  • Leaf colour: Dark green
  • Flowering: Late summer to midwinter
  • Fragrance: Honey scented
  • Situation: Glasshouse
  • Wildlife:

Project Details



Place of Origin

S.Africa, Natal, Orange Free State, Transvaal and Zimbabwe

Plant Heritage

Accession Number B043

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 saligna
  • Category Tender Species Shrub
  • Colours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline, cultivation notes should be followed

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