Velvety white hairs, soft, short and dense, covers much of what is to be seen upon this Buddleja saligna stem tip. The midribs are recessed on the upper surface of the leaves, prominent below upon the long, narrow leaves. The hairy petioles of the upper leaves are positioned close to the stem here. Velvety hairs abound especially on the lower leaf surfaces, although some lateral venation is still visible there on some of the leaves in the photo.
The way in which the leaf margins are rolled under doesn’t quite hide the unevenness of the margins, or the rolling. Leaves tend to be variable in size. Some leaf stipules between the petiole bases are still present here; they drop early, leaving scars. Also the four-angled upper stems are white and velvety.
Clusters of tiny, globular flower buds, coloured pale greenish, cream, grey or even brown at this stage, are present at a stem tip and some upper axils (Coates Palgrave, 2002; Pooley, 1993).