Daphne

Daphne tangutica Retusa Group

Daphne - Daphne tangutica Retusa Group

Common Name: Daphne
Genus: Daphne
Species: tangutica
Cultivar: Retusa Group

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.75 m (75 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.75 m (75 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple, Red, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • Other features: all parts of the plant including the seed are highly toxic if ingested; contact with the sap may cause skin irritation

A compact evergreen shrub that forms mounds of leathery dark green foliage and in late spring and early summer clusters of white flowers that have a reddish purple flush on the outside. These form at the tips of the branches, have a delicious scent and are followed by rounded red fruits. It is a wonderful plant to include in a mixed border or woodland garden ideally close to a path or entrance so you can enjoy the scent of the flowers every time you pass.

  • Garden care: Keep pruning to a minimum but if necessary you can lightly trim it back immediately after flowering. Apply a generous mulch in spring which will help keep the roots cool.


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