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Deciduouspale-green to grey-green leaves to 12cm (5in) long.
PurpleShades of purple/mauve/lilac/violetPurplish red
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightUpright shrub. Flowers in lateral clusters of 2-4, to 6mm (less than ½in) across before the leaves. Produces fleshy, spherical red fruit.
Hardy - cold winterHardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
DAPHNE mezereum 'Rubra'
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowAll daphnes resent transplanting. Attractive to bees and other insects.Pests & DiseasesAphids, leaf spot, grey mould, viruses.Place of originEurope, Caucasus, Turkey, Siberia.
Garden Location/ConditionsSuitable for small gardens
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Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1Pruning group 5Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
When: Annually after flowering.
RHS group 8
Scented PlantsScented flowers
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilHumus-rich. Mulch to keep roots cool.Neutral to acid soilNeutral to alkaline soil
Toxic - Category B - CAUTIONSkin irritant(People & Pets)Toxic if eaten(People & Pets)
WildlifeBee friendlyRabbit Resistant