False Olive Overview
Buddleja or (Buddleia saligna) is also known as the False or Bastard Olive, or Olive Buddleia. It is an attractive, evergreen, flowering, bushy tree that produces clusters of small creamy-white flowers. They form at the end of branches in spring and summer and have a strong honey scent that attracts many insects. Following flowering, the fruit produced is an ovoid capsule, about 2mm long, and pale yellowish-brown when mature. Buddleja saligna grows relatively fast, especially in warm, moist areas, and can reach up to 10m tall. Indigenous to South Africa, it grows in varied habitats including forest margins, wooded valleys, dry hillsides, in coastal bush and along streams. The False Olive is an excellent water-wise and pioneer tree and grows quickly to form a screen or hedge. It is frost hardy, drought-resistant and will grow in most soils. It also does not have an aggressive root system, and if you want to attract wildlife - especially bees - this Buddleia tree is a must-have for your planting list. False Olive gets its common name from its long, narrow leaves that look very similar to the olive tree. In traditional medicine, concoctions made from the leaves were used to treat coughs and colds. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape, Western Cape.