Buddleja nivea var. yunnanensis

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Buddleja nivea var. yunnanensis
Budd. nivea var. yunnanensis foliage.jpg
B. nivea var. yunnanensis foliage,

Longstock Park Nursery.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Genus: Buddleja
Species: B. nivea
Subspecies: Buddleja nivea var. yunnanensis
Trinomial name
B. nivea var. yunnanensis
(Dop.) Rehder and Wilson

Buddleja nivea var. yunnanensis is a vigorous shrub endemic to the province of Yunnan in China, where it was discovered by Wilson. It was conferred varietal status by Alfred Rehder and Wilson in 1913,[1] but later sunk as simply Buddleja nivea by Leeuwenberg[2]


The distinction of var. yunnanensis was largely a matter of scale; its leaves and inflorescences all larger than the type. The shrub can rapidly achieve a height of 4 metres (13 ft) in cultivation, and like the type its young growth is covered by a white indumentum. The ovate-lanceolate leaves are of great size, 50 centimetres (20 in) long, but less felted than B. nivea.[1]


The plant can still be found under its old varietal name in specialist collections in the UK. A large specimen is grown as part of the NCCPG National Collection held by Longstock Park Nursery near Stockbridge, Hampshire.


  1. ^ a b Stuart, D. (2006). Buddlejas. Timber Press, Oregon, USA. ISBN 978-0-88192-688-0
  2. ^ Leeuwenberg, A. J. M. (1979) The Loganiaceae of Africa XVIII Buddleja L. II, Revision of the African & Asiatic species. H. Veenman & Zonen, Wageningen, Nederland.