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Buddleja globosa Hope

Frost hardy, rounded, stiffly-branched, deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub with lance-shaped, deeply veined leaves, and dense, rounded clusters of fragrant, orange and yellow flowers in open panicles in early summer.  To 5m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Mr. Adam Buddle, in honour of whom the present genus has been originally named by Dr. Houston, was an ingenious English Botanist, cotemporary with, and the friend of Petiver; his name is often mentioned in the Synopsis of Mr. Ray and his Hortus Siccus, or dried colletion of British plants, preserved in the British Museum, still resorted to in doubtful cases.  The present species not enumerated either by Linnaeus or Miller, is a native of Chili, and according to the Hort. Kew. was introduced by Messrs. Kennedy and Lee, in 1774.  It has been customary, in consideration of its native place of growth, to treat it here as a green-house plant, for which situation it soon becomes unfit from its magnitude: some have ventured to plant it in the open borders in warm sheltered situations, where it has been found to succeed very well, producing its beautiful yellow blossoms in abundance.’  [BM t.174/1791]. 

It was commonly grown in early Victorian England.  ‘It is an old South American shrub, found in every general catalogue that we have any knowledge of.’  [Gard. Chron. 1850].  

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.182/1850].


Published Mar 02, 2009 - 04:13 PM | Last updated Feb 28, 2010 - 09:39 AM

Shown are lance-shaped leaves, and rounded clusters of orange and yellow flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.174, 1791.

Buddleja globosa Hope | BM t.174/1791 | BHL

Family Buddlejaceae
Region of origin

South America

Common Name

Orange ball tree

Name in the Camden Park Record

Buddlea globosa 

Confidence level high