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Daphne pontica

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Toxicity

All parts including seed toxic by ingestion and contact with sap may irritate skin

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Green and Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Black in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

twin-flowered daphne

Family

Thymelaeaceae


Daphne can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with small, usually very fragrant tubular, 4-lobed flowers, often followed by colourful berries

D. pontica is a small, rounded evergreen shrub with glossy leaves and abundant clusters of scented yellow-green flowers at the branch tips. Fruits black

Other common names

  • Pontic daphne

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • East-facing, North-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained but not dry soil in sun or part shade. Mulch to keep roots cool. Tolerant of deep shade. Will not tolerate root disturbance and so resents transplanting

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Neutral
  • Loam, Sand, Chalk or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by seed in containters in a cold frame as soon as ripe. Greenwood cuttings from spring to early summer and semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Layering from late spring to early summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1 or Pruning group 8 if necessary. Pruning is best kept to a minimum

Pests

Aphids may be troublesome

Diseases

Vulnerable to grey mould and a virus