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Daphne tangutica Retusa Group
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daphne Retusa Group

Retusa Group are small evergreen shrubs to 75cm in height, of dense, rounded habit, with short dark green elliptic leaves and terminal clusters of fragrant flowers from late spring, nearly white within, purple on the outside. Red berries

Synonyms
Daphne retusa

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Purple White Green
Summer Purple White Green
Autumn Green Red
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Thymelaeaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
All parts are highly toxic if ingested and sap may irritate skin. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

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

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soils. Not reliably hardy in exposed conditions. Resents transplanting

Propagation

Propagate by seed, softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings or grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Rock garden
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be subject to a leaf spot

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