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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
spurge laurel copse laurel
dwarf bay wood laurel
Daphne can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with small, usually very fragrant tubular, 4-lobed flowers, often followed by colourful berries
D. laureola is a bushy evergreen shrub to 1.2m, with glossy dark green leaves and greenish-yellow flowers in late winter, followed by black berries
Europe, W Asia
Toxicity All parts including seed are toxic by ingestion and contact with sap may irritate skin
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect West-facing or East-facing or North-facing
MoistureMoist but well-drained
SoilLoam, Sand, Clay, Chalk
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
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
Propagate by seed in containers 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
Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance
Cottage & Informal Garden
Pruning Pruning group 1 or Pruning group 8 if necessary. Pruning is best kept to a minimum
Pests Aphids may be troublesome
Vulnerable to grey mould (Botrytis) and a virus
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