Buddleja globosa

Orange ball tree

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Scented flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


photo by Adrian Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (29404)

Plant details

The South American Andes is the home of this striking and immaculate shrub, which is normally deciduous, but semi-evergreen in protected warm positions. Since its introduction to gardens over 200 years ago, it has been a great favourite for its graceful habit and fine colouring, the tall slender stems bearing long handsome leaves, richly textured and covered beneath with soft brown 'wool'. The flower-heads, golden orange and fragrant, resemble perfect pompon dahlias, and they appear in huge numbers, weighing down the already arching stems. Will grow in sunny and dapple shaded sites in most soil types that are moist but well-draining. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Buddlejaceae

Genus: Buddleja

Species: globosa

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Orange

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Scented flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 500cm

Spread: 500cm

Time to take cuttings: November to February

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