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DAPHNE x burkwoodii 'Somerset'

Image of Daphne x burkwoodii 'Somerset'

James H. Schutte

Family

Thymelaeaceae

Botanical Name

DAPHNE x burkwoodii 'Somerset'

Plant Common Name

Burkwood Daphne

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Although a bit finicky in its growing requirements, the fragrance of the pink flowers makes the Somerset burkwood daphne worthy of a try. This attractive selection is a small semi-evergreen shrub, but may drop its leaves in colder areas. 'Somerset' is treasured for its medium pink flower buds that open to paler pink blossoms in late spring. It may lightly rebloom late in the summer when temperatures cool off. This burkwood daphne selection has dark green lance-shaped leaves attractively arranged in whorls. The shrub grows with a slightly larger in mature size than the species.

Humusy, slightly acidic, well-drained soils are important to this plant, consider using it in raised beds in areas with clay soils. Partial sun is best to preserve the quality of the variegated leaves. 'Somerset' should be kept evenly moist and benefits from mulching. A nice plant for the shaded foundation, as a specimen or in a smaller garden, any burkwood daphne can be temperamental and hard to establish and should not be pruned or have its roots disturbed.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Gray

  • 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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No