Buddleja davidi

White Ball

This is possible one of the smallest “Butterfly” bushes, only the very recent B. Dreaming Series may be classified in the same category.

Better suited for the pot or rock garden, it makes a very tight ball with miniature spikes of white flowers.

It should only be lightly pruned in the spring.


Buddleja ‘White Ball’ is a hybrid cultivar developed by Horticultural Research International at Boskoop in the Netherlands. One of the parents was the white form of B. davidii var. nanhoensis ‘Alba’.


  • Flower Colour: White with an orange throat
  • Habit: Very compact
  • Eventual height: 75-100cm (2-3ft) Spread: 60-90cm (2-3ft)
  • Hardiness: Very hardy - 18°C USDA zones 5-9
  • Leaf colour: Small silver grey
  • Flowering: The flowers are 10-25cm (4-9") in length
  • Fragrance: Scented
  • Situation: Prefers a sunny position
  • 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 B081

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 'White Ball'
  • Category semi - deciduous Shrub

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