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Daphne bholua var. glacialis 'Gurkha'
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daphne 'Gurkha'

'Gurkha' is a vigorous, upright, deciduous shrub, to just over 2m high, with long oblong leathery leaves and richly-scented flowers, pink in bud and opening white, in late winter or early spring

Synonyms
Daphne 'Gurkha'
Daphne bholua 'Gurkha'

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink White Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter Pink White
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Thymelaeaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
All parts are toxic if ingested, and contact with the 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 well-drained, moisture-retentive, humus-rich soil in a sheltered position in partial shade (or in sun if roots are kept shaded); for more advice, see daphne cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by heeled semi-ripe cuttings or grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 8 but no pruning usually required; daphnes do not always respond well to pruning

Pests

May be affected by aphids

Diseases

May be affected by honey fungus, Phytophthora root rot, fungal leaf spot and virus diseases

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