DAPHNE 'Spring Herald'
Plant Common Name
Spring Herald Daphne
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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.
AHS Heat Zone
7 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
7 - 9
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
Early Spring, Spring, Late Winter