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Buddleja globosa


Orange ball tree, Chilean orange ball tree

Unusual ball shaped flowers

A medium sized, upright shrub growing to 1.5m (5ft) with handsome, emerald-green, pointed leaves. It is evergreen or semi-evergreen in milder conditions. In midsummer the orange, ball-shaped flower clusters appear, carried on branched stems. They contrast beautifully with the leaves, creating an eye-catching display at the back of a border. An easy shrub to grow with an unusual flower. Lovely with blue flowering perennials and purple-leaved shrubs.


Plant in full sun at the back of a border or as a stand-alone specimen.


Any well-drained fertile soil. Prune after flowering to control height and spread.  

A shrub from the Andes of Chile, Peru and Argentina

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering July - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 400 cm - 500 cm
Plant width 400 cm - 500 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 400 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From April to September