Habitat: Mountain woods
Soil: good garden soil
Height: 1.2 m
Width: 1.0 m
These are some of the larger daphnes, making shrubs that may be a metre or more high. They have finely scented flowers, mostly white to pink, but there are also yellow-flowered species. Most are evergreen, but there are also deciduous ones, and most have showy red or orange fruit, so are beautiful garden plants twice in the year.
Daphne wolongensis 'Kevock Star' SDR2 is a particularly fine member of an excellent genus, which has recently been described as a new species. Its evergreen leaves are bright green, on upward-growing stems, giving a shrub that is taller than it is wide. In spring it produces masses of lovely, scented flowers, almost white inside but deep pink on the outside. Growing rapidly, it soon makes a feature in the garden, with its only fault being that one plant grew so robustly that a branch broke off under its own weight. Within a year it was impossible to tell.
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|Daphne laureola subsp. philippi is a compact variety of a species for a partly shaded position. It makes a low shrub with spreading branches, covered with really glossy leaves, which make for background for the heads of creamy yellow flowers. The fruits are black.|
|Daphne mezereum is a small shrub, with generally upright stems, almost covered with scented, rich pink flowers early in the year, shortly before the fresh green leaves open. In a good year there will also be lots of red fruit, clustered along the stems, in August.|
|Daphne mezereum f. alba is a small shrub, with upright stems, almost covered with scented, white flowers early in the year, shortly before the fresh green leaves open. It has yellow fruit, clustered along the stems, in August.|
|Daphne mezereum SDR6326 is a small shrub, with generally upright stems, which are packed with scented, rich pink flowers early in the year, before the leaves open. The flowers are followed by red fruit, clustered along the stems, in August. This collection is from the mountains of SE France.|
|Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' is a beautiful daphne from China and Japan that provides many delightful elements to bring colour and scent to the winter landscape. The evergreen, dark, glossy leaves are edged with irregular, narrow, yellow margins; fragrant, deep purple-pink and white flowers borne in axillary clusters appear early in spring and these are followed by spherical, fleshy red fruits.|
|Daphne odora 'Marianne' is a very fragrant form. It has pink and white flowers, but also looks good when it is not in flower, because the leaves have a strong yellow edge, giving a dramatic effect.|
|Daphne odora var. rubra is an evergreen shrub producing beautifully scented flowers in late winter. The flowers are described by the RHS, no less, as crimson in bud, opening to purplish red with white lobes. The associated photograph reveals the truth; the petals are white on the upper surface and purplish red below, so really there are purple-red buds and white flowers.|
|Daphne tangutica is an evergreen species with shiny, quite dark green leaves. The flowers, deep pink in bud, opening to pale pink, almost white, line the stems, interspersed with the leaves.|
|Daphne tangutica Retusa Group is a small, evergreen, Chinese shrub with glossy leaves with fragrant clusters of flowers coloured dark pink on the outside and white on the inside.|