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Orange Ball Tree

Buddleja globosa

Also known as

Matico, Round-Headed Buddlea, Butterfly Bush, Orange ball tree

Buddleja araucana flower by Buddlejagarden (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Orange Ball Tree Overview

Buddleja globosa is a large semi-evergreen or deciduous shrub that has lance-shaped, dark green leaves and dense heads of sweet-scented, bright orange-yellow flowers that appear in loose clusters at branch tips in early summer. It is a popular plant with gardeners and has earned an RHS Garden of Merit Award. It is also a great choice for encouraging a wide range of pollinating insects - including bees and butterflies - into your garden. Buddleia or Buddleja globosa is also known as the Orange Ball Tree. It has a rounded shape, is stiffly branched and, it can grow to 5m tall. It originates from South America. Happy growing in full sun or partial shade, it needs a sheltered spot and likes moist but well-drained soil best. It is hardy down to -15C so can be grown outdoors in most temperate climates. A versatile shrub, it is drought-resistant and suitable for low maintenance, cottage, and wildlife gardens. The Orange Ball Tree has earned an RHS Award of Garden Merit and is on the RHS list of 'Plants for Pollinators'.

Common problems with Orange Ball Tree

How to propagate Orange Ball Tree


Semi-hardwood cuttings during the summer or hardwood cuttings in Autumn/Winter.

Special features of Orange Ball Tree

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Orange Ball Tree

Hedging, banks, specimen. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Summer Flowering Shrubs

Shrubs that give you structure and summer flowers.

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