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DAPHNE bholua 'Peter Smithers'

Image of Daphne bholua 'Peter Smithers'

Family

Thymelaeaceae

Botanical Name

DAPHNE bholua 'Peter Smithers'

Plant Common Name

Himalayan Daphne, Peter Smithers Daphne

Special Notice

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General Description

In its native eastern Himalayas, people used this species's bark to make paper. To the modern gardener, the Peter Smithers daphne supplies a medium-sized, upright-growing silhouette in the garden and abundant, very fragrant violet-purple and lavender-white flowers. Native to the mid-elevations of the eastern Himalayas in Nepal and western China, this shrub is evergreen to partially deciduous, depending on winter cold. The branching habit is open and airy. This cultivar was selected by Sir Peter Smithers while in Nepal in 1971.

The leaves are lance-shaped and satin-glossy dark green to olive-green. Each blade is leathery in texture. In mid- to late winter, as the days lengthen, terminal clusters of deep violet-purple buds grace branch tips well above any lingering foliage. The pale lavender blossoms are sweetly aromatic, and the outside of the flowers remain violet-purple just like the flower buds. Aging flowers fade from lavender to white in the centers. Following the flowering season, small rounded purplish-black berries develop, but they're rare in cultivation.

Grow 'Peter Smithers' in partial shade in a moist, neutral to alkaline soil that is well-drained. An organic-rich loam is ideal, especially if it’s continually cool and moist. Mulch the soil to promote such conditions. Use this upright-growing daphne in a mixed shade border or on the edge of a forest. Its fragrant blooms are nice to enjoy near a building entrance. Avoid root disturbance and pruning this shrub to prevent plant dieback and overall stress. Protection from drying winds is also beneficial.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade

  • Height

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Width

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Central Asia, Nepal, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple, Lavender, Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Purple, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Olive, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Olive, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Olive, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Olive, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No