Buddleja saligna Willd.

Squarestem Butterflybush, False Olive

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Genus: Buddleja

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 9+ ?

Size: To 35' but usually 15' tall

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun


Willow-like leaves, hence the name, opposite, simple, dark green. White to cream flowers in clusters in summer. Fast-growing screening plant.


Published in Enum. Pl. (Willdenow) 1: 159 in 1809.

Synonym Buddleja salicifolia Jacq. published in Pl. Rar. Hort. Schoenbr. 1: 12 t. 29 in 1797 - from PlantList - why would it not be the accepted name since published first? Further research shows that Willd. listed it as a synonym of B. saligna. Buddleja salicifolia Vahl was published in Symb. Bot. (Vahl) 3: 14 in 1794 which predates Jacq. making his a later homonym. B. salicifolia Vahl is a synonym of Buddleja thyrsoides Lam.

Native to South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.


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