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Daphne alpina

alpine daphne

An upright, deciduous shrub to 60cm, with downy shoots and hairy, grey-green leaves to 4cm long. In late spring and early summer it produces clusters of fragrant white flowers at the stem tips; these are followed by fleshy, spherical, orange-red fruit

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Green Red Orange
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Thymelaeaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
Toxic if ingested, skin and eye irritant. 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

Correct

Plant range
Europe

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained, humus rich soil in full sun. Mulch annually in spring with well-rotted organic matter to keep the roots cool. See daphne cultivation for further information

Propagation

Propagate by sowing seed in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe; take semi-ripe heel cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

See pruning groups 1 and 8; keep pruning to a minimum

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids

Diseases

May be susceptible to Phytophthora root rot, fungal leaf spot and virus diseases

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