The false olive or witolienhout (white olive wood) in Afrikaans, as Buddleja saligna is commonly known, is a shrub or small tree of up to 7 m (SA Tree List No. 636). It grows on dry forested slopes, in wooded valleys, forest margins and coastal thickets.
This is not one of South Africa’s best known tree species, although it has one of the notably large local distribution areas of all South African tree species, occurring naturally in all nine of the country’s provinces. B. saligna also occurs in Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
The leaves and roots are used in traditional medicine (Coates Palgrave, 2002; Schmidt, et al, 2002).