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Genus of about 100 species of deciduous, semi-evergreen or evergreen shrubs from Europe, northern Africa and temperate and subtropical Asia.
Their main attraction is the clusters of usually heavily scented flowers. Some have variegated leaves. They can be grown in borders, rock gardens and in a woodland setting.
The "Eternal" series are a result of a successful 30 year breeding programme to produce a free-flowering Daphne more tolerant of a wide range of soil and garden conditions.
All are attractive to bees and other insects, the earlier bloomers being particularly useful.
D. mezereum, Mezereon, is the native. Found in woods on calcareous soils is very rare.
Semi-evergreenKeeps some of its foliage all year, and will drop some leaves as well.Linear to lance-shaped leaves 4cm (1½in) long.
Shades of pinkAll shades of pink through to Carmine (red)
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightVase-shaped shrub. Flowers in terminal clusters of up to 16, 8mm (less than ½in) across.
Hardy - average winterHardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
Additional FeaturesGood to knowAll daphnes resent transplanting. x burkwoodii has a habit of shedding leaves in dry summers. This does not affect the performance of the plant and new leaves appear in autumn or spring. Attractive to bees and other insects.Pests & DiseasesAphids, leaf spot, grey mould, viruses.Place of originGarden origin. Hybrid raised by Albert and Arthur Burkwood, Kingstone-on-Thames, Surrey, UK., in the 1930's.
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
Scented PlantsScented flowers
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soilHumus rich but not dry - mulch to keep roots cool.Neutral soil preferredOr slightly alkaline to slightly acidic
Buy Varieties of DAPHNE
very pale pink flowers fading to white
heavily scented white flowers in winter
large and showy intensely fragrant purplish pink flowers
purple-pink in bud, opening paler with white to purple tones. Richly scented and floriferous
deep purple-pink, darker in bud. Comparatively large flowers and highly scented
pale yellow margins turning creamy-white to the blue-green leaves
abundant clusters of strongly scented rose-pink or white flowers. Slow growing and must have well-drained but not dry soil
bushy habit and clusters of yellow flowers in late spring to summer followed by red fruits
fragrant yellow-green flowers beneath polished green leaves. Semi-prostrate habit
scented purplish-red flowers
fragrant with reddish-purple flowers
leaves have a yellow margin which becomes creamy-white with age
compact habit and attractive creamy-yellow edged green leaves. Profuse dark pink, strongly fragrant flowers
('Rogbret'). - green leaves with broad golden yellow margins. Very fragrant tubular pink flowers in late winter, early spring
large clusters of very fragrant white flowers with a hint of pink at the centre
flowers tinged pink. Glorious scent
a hybrid between D.arbuscula and D.collina which, although a small shrub, exhibits hybrid vigour. Dark purple flowers in the summer
masses of very fragrant flowers tinged pink
rosy-red flowers in bud opening white in large clusters. Extremely fragrant
pink highly fragrant flowers blooming over an exceptionally long period. Compact habit
blue-green leaves edged with creamy-white. Fragrant white flowers tinged with pink
clusters of white heavily scented flowers