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DAPHNE bholua

Image of Daphne bholua

Family

Thymelaeaceae

Botanical Name

DAPHNE bholua

Plant Common Name

Himalayan Daphne, Paper Daphne

Special Notice

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General Description

In the eastern Himalayas, this daphne's bark was used to make paper. To the modern gardener, the Himalayan daphne supplies a larger, upright-growing silhouette in the garden and fragrant white flowers. Native to the mid-elevations of the eastern Himalayas in Nepal and western China, this shrub is evergreen or deciduous in winter, depending on climate. The branching habit is open and airy.

The leaves are lance-shaped and satin-glossy dark green. Each blade is leathery in texture. In midwinter to early spring, terminal clusters of pink buds grace branch tips above the foliage. The white blossoms are sweetly aromatic, and may have a pale blush of violet or pink. Following the flowering season, small rounded purplish-black berries develop, but they're rare in cultivation.

Grow Himalayan daphne in partial shade in a moist, non-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.

Cultivars 'Jacquline Postill' and 'Peter Smithers' tend to remain more evergreen. These have purplish-pink flowers with white interiors and exceptional fragrance. The naturally-occurring variety glacialis is native to higher elevations and reliably becomes deciduous in wintertime. This form is the most cold-hardy, including its selection 'Gurkha'.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

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

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade

  • Height

    6'-12' / 1.8m - 3.7m

  • Width

    5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Nepal, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • 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

  • Fruit Color

    Purple, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    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, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No