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Buddleja saligna


Water Needs

low; moderate; drought-resistant; water wise

Buddleja saligna
Shrub large; Tree small
False Olive

4 – 8 m in the garden; up to 10 m in warm areas with good rainfall.


Light Conditions



light; moderate; hardy


creamy-white; August to January; spring summer

Garden Situation

sun; screen; wind barrier; slope bank; hedge; shrubbery; small area tree; street tree; wildlife bees butterflies insects birds


Habitat: Coastal KZN; Coastal Eastern Cape; grassland; bushveld; fynbos; rocky places; urban streets; woodland; water streams


Subtropical East Coast; thicket; Karoo; Western Cape

Rain Season

summer; winter

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The False Olive is a robust, evergreen shrub or small tree with an attractive, weeping form. Older plants often become woody but can be pruned hard to regain the dense foliage that makes it such an effective screen and windbreak. Cream-white flowers hang in heavy bunches bringing in hordes of bees, butterflies and other insects – along with the birds that feast on them. It is thus popular with bee farmers. Flowers grow in terminal sprays (tips of branches) each large ball is made up of a mass of tiny creamy-white, honey-scented flowers from August to January; spring summer Leaves are long, narrow and tapering, grey-green above, paler green to white below; mid-brown bark is attractively fissured and flaking. The False Olive will rapidly reach full height. Roots: non-aggressive. B. saligna is an excellent choice for new gardens as its rapid growth provides quick shade, a privacy screen and protection from wind - and brings in the pollinators. Provincial distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West, Western Cape

Buddleja saligna
Buddleja saligna
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