DAPHNE bholua 'Peter Smithers'
Plant Common Name
Himalayan Daphne, Peter Smithers Daphne
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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.
AHS Heat Zone
7 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
7 - 9
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m
4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m
Winter, Late Winter
Central Asia, Nepal, China
Spring, Summer, Winter
Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border
Sharp or Has Thorns