5 SEEDS Buddleja saligna False Olive
Pack Contains 5 Seeds 5 SEEDS Buddleja saligna False Olive
The false olive is a tree up to 10m tall in warm moist areas but usually 4 to 5 metres in Highveld areas. Its young stems are four angled and covered with white velvety hairs. The older stems and trunks are creamy or grey to dark brown and fluted with the bark peeling in longitudinal strips.
his fast growing tree is an excellent, quick screen plant. It grows up to 800mm per year. Use it as a pioneer tree for your forest garden. It also makes a very good clipped hedge. There is a fine example of a hedge in the Waterwise Garden at the Witwatersrand National Botanical Garden. It is evergreen, frost hardy and drought resistant and the masses of flowers make a lovely spring and summer show. It will grow in most soils but added compost will improve performance. It may need cutting back after flowering to keep tidy. The false olive does not have an aggressive root system.
The flowers attract insects (especially moths) and therefore insect feeding birds such as robins and apalises to the garden.