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Botanical Name: Buddleja saligna
Common Name(s): False olive
This fast-growing evergreen tree, with shiny dark green foliage with a silvery reverse, bears sweetly scented, creamy-white flowers that attract butterflies and bees in summer. It makes an ideal screen plant. Drought resistant.
Botanical Pronunciation: BUD-lee-ah sal-IG-nah
A mass of tiny sweetly scented flowers form in creamy white dense coloured clumps during summer.
The shiny leaves of this tree are long, narrow, hairless and coloured dark green the undersides of the leaves are a whitish to silvery grey colour and show obvious venation.
The small fruit of this tree are hairy and ovoid shaped.
In Southern Africa these trees where used for various other purposes such as to make small pieces of furniture and fence posts as well as assegai handles all of these uses where due to the very fine grained wood structure of this tree.
Interesting Planting Ideas
Make sure the wonderfully honey scented flowers and are noticed by planting this Buddleja alongside pathways, seating areas and windows.
A very easy tree to grow from seed or cuttings.
The roots can be used as a purgative and the foliage to treat colds and coughs.
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Uses in landscape design
A fast grower, it makes a brilliant screen and wind break and is also a good pioneer plant. Alternatively use as a water wise specimen or grown as a hedge.