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DAPHNE tangutica

Image of Daphne tangutica

James H. Schutte

Family

Thymelaeaceae

Botanical Name

DAPHNE tangutica

Plant Common Name

Daphne

Special Notice

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General Description

While most daphne shrubs are prized mainly for their fragrant flowers, Daphne tangutica not only flowers in profusion and over a long period, but also bears numerous red fruits. The berry production extends the ornamental interest of this broadleaf evergreen into nearly three seasons. It's native to the highland forests of southwestern and central China, including Tibet.

The yellow-green branches become purplish-red and brown on this upright but rounded plant. The leathery dull, deep green leaves are oblong and tapered, sometimes with a notched tip. Clusters of six to eight flowers occur on branch tips mainly from mid-spring to early summer, although intermittent flowers may appear in late winter and in early fall. The flowers are white, but flushed with hints of purple or pink. Fleshy red fruits adorn the branches by midsummer and linger for a few months. The foliage remains across the winter unless excessive cold or drought stress occurs.

Grow Daphne tangutica in moist, well-drained soils that are slightly acidic to alkaline in pH. Organic matter in the soil improves soil fertility and drainage. Mulch the soil to keep the roots cool and moist, especially in hot summer regions. Afternoon shade is also recommended in such areas. Use this evergreen daphne in a mixed border or in a partially sunny woodland garden. It looks attractive among dwarf conifers and tall-growing perennials, too. The fragrant blossoms are a welcome addition to entrance beds around house entrances and under open windows.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 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'-6' / 0.6m - 1.8m (4)

  • Width

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m (3)

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Central Asia, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink, Lavender

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Crimson

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Purple, Brown, Sienna

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • 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