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Buddleja globosa - Buddleia globosa - The Orange Ball Tree. 

However, mid-winter should be avoided - as should the middle of a hot summer. Mild autumns being the best option. The problem being of course, that the 'mild autumn' could develop into a cold winter in the space of a few weeks!

Buddleja globosa is not one of the traditional Butterfly Bush types, but it is a very important member of the Buddleja family. It is semi-evergreen and can reach a height and spread of up to 5 meters.

Buddleja globosa flowers in early summer and has round clusters of orange flowers - unlike the arching sprays of the butterfly bushes. The flowers can cloth the bush from top to bottom - not as spectacular as the Buddleja davidii types, but a useful shrub for screening.

Buddleja globosa  For most of the year, the foliage will block any distant unsightly objects! The individual leaves have a slight grey down underneath and the leaves can grow to 8 in long, but 6in is the norm.

It does attract insects - bees and butterflies, but not as well as the davidii types.

In heavy snow falls it can be subject to a bit of damage as the snow weighs down the rather brittle branches. Just brush or shake the snow off. In any event, any slight damage will soon repair itself, for it is a strong growing shrub.

It rarely needs pruning, unless it has outgrown its present situation - see here for pruning Buddleja globosa.

Problems with Buddleja globosa

Not generally affected by any diseases, but can be prone to blackfly and other aphids - especially in the early growing season. These rarely have any effect other than cosmetic appearance.

See also Buddleja davidii

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