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Care of the plant Buddleja saligna or False olive.

Care of the plant Buddleja saligna or False olive

The genus Buddleja, family Scrophulariaceae, comprises 100 species of shrubs and trees native to America, Asia, and Africa. Some species are: Buddleja saligna, Buddleja davidii, Buddleja auriculata, Buddleja globosa, Buddleja alternifolia, Buddleja crispa, Buddleja fallowiana, Buddleja colvilei, Buddleja salviifolia.

Common names: False olive, Bastard olive. This species is native to South Africa.

They are trees that reach 10 meters in height in their natural habitat; in the garden they reach 5 meters in height. The leaves are similar to those of the olive tree, long and narrow; They are dark green on the upper surface and whitish with marked veins on the underside. The small, honey-scented flowers appear in clusters and are creamy white. They bloom in spring and summer.

They are used for hedges, screens or as slope fixers because of the rapid growth. Do not plant near buildings as their roots are aggressive.

Buddleja saligna needs full sun or semi-shade exposure. They resist frosts not too long.

They can grow in any type of soil but prefer a light garden substrate with compost. Planting is done in early spring.

They resist drought well; water moderately waiting for the substrate to dry.

Fertilize with compost or manure in late winter.

Prune after flowering to maintain a compact appearance.

They are trees resistant to pests and diseases.

They propagate easily by cuttings or by seeds sown in spring.

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Buddleja saligna
Buddleja saligna
Buddleja saligna
 

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