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Daphne tangutica
  • RHS AGM

Tangut daphne

D. tangutica is a medium-sized evergreen shrub of rounded open habit, with dark green, oblong leaves to 8cm in length. Fragrant flowers, whitish-pink within, rosy-purple outside, open in terminal clusters in late spring and early summer; fruit red

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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
Acid, Alkaline
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Green
Summer Pink Purple Green
Autumn Green Red
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–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

Correct

Plant range
NW China

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile well-drained soils in a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade. 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
  • Rock garden
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

May be attacked by aphids

Diseases

May be subject to a leaf spot

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