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DAPHNE 'Spring Herald'

Image of Daphne 'Spring Herald'

Family

Thymelaeaceae

Botanical Name

DAPHNE 'Spring Herald'

Plant Common Name

Spring Herald Daphne

Special Notice

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General Description

British nurseryman Robin White crossed Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ with Daphne acutiloba ‘Fragrant Cloud’ to create the pretty shrub 'Spring Herald'. This hybrid daphne has a bushy, upright but slightly rounded habit. Over a long period from midwinter to late spring, clove-scented flowers grace the branch tips. It's semi-deciduous, although retains more foliage in mild winter regions.

The lance-shaped deep green leaves are satin-glossy and leathery in texture. Winter chill causes progressively more leaves to drop away. Anytime from late winter and into spring, branch tips bear clusters of very fragrant white blossoms. Each flower is four-petaled. Although not overly common, some pollinated blossoms develop into dark berries.

Grow Spring Herald daphne in partial sun to partial shade in a moist, well-drained soil. It tolerates slightly acidic to slightly alklaine soil pH. Mulch the soil with organic matter to keep the roots moist and cool, especially in regions where summers are hot or droughts often occur. Use 'Spring Herald' as a small shrub accent in a mixed border, foundation bed or in a opening in a woodland garden. It may also be raised in a container. Planting this daphne near a doorway, window or entrance allows you to enjoy the sweet fragrance on a breeze on a mild late winter or early spring day.

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

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Dark Red, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Sienna, Gray

  • 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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No