• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Daphne tangutica Retusa Group

daphne Retusa Group

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
daphne Retusa Group

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  • Other common names daphne Retusa Group

  • Synonyms Daphne retusa

  • Family Thymelaeaceae

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

  • Details 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

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Flower

  • Toxicity All parts are highly toxic if ingested and sap may irritate skin

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHNeutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

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 & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Rock Garden

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases May be subject to a leaf spot

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