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Evergreenleathery, glossy dark-green leaves to 8cm (3in) long.
PurpleShades of purple/mauve/lilac/violetReddish purple
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightRounded shrub. Flowers, mainly in terminal clusters of 10-15 or more, to 1.5cm (½in) across. Produces fleshy, red spherical fruit.
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)
Caution, toxic if eaten, may cause skin allergy or irritantThese plants are toxic if eaten and may also cause a skin allergy, rash, irritation to eyes and skin.
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowAll daphnes resent transplanting.Pests & DiseasesAphids, leaf spot, grey mould, viruses.Place of originChina, Japan.
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
(see photos above)
(see photos above)
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 flowersVery fragrant.
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soilHumus rich but not dry. Mulch to keep roots cool.Neutral to acid soilNeutral to alkaline soil
Buy Varieties of DAPHNE odora
leaves have a yellow margin which becomes creamy-white with age
(var leucantha) - pure white flowered form
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