Species Hybrids & Cultivars Protection below -10°C

x wardii

Pale grey, small, slim, toothed foliage on wiry branches with axillary clusters of white, fragrant flowers with soft orange tubes in April.



Buddleja × wardii is a naturally occurring hybrid of Buddleja alternifolia and Buddleja crispa discovered and collected by Frank Kingdon-Ward in 1924 from the mountain riverbanks of south-eastern Xizang (formerly Tibet) at altitudes of 3000–3600 m; B. alternifolia and B. crispa are the only other Buddleja species found in the area. The shrub was named for Ward by Cecil Marquand in 1929.[White-flowering plants under this name were collected in Tibet by Keith Rushforth

  • Flower Colour: white with orange throats
  • Habit: Shrub
  • Eventual height: 300cm
  • Hardiness: Root hardy
  • Leaf colour: grey green with grey hairs
  • Flowering: early Spring
  • Fragrance:
  • Situation: hardy at Longstock has not flowered yet
  • Wildlife:

Project Details



Place of Origin

Central China, west China and Japan

Plant Heritage

Accession Number B085

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 x wardii
  • Category Semi tender Species Shrub
  • Colours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline, cultivation notes should be followed

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