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Daphne × burkwoodii

Burkwood daphne

D. x burkwoodii is a small, partially evergreen shrub, compact and rounded in habit. Leaves oblong, flowers pale pink and fragrant, in clusters at the ends of the branches in late spring

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Thymelaeaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
All parts toxic by ingestion and 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

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained but not dry soil in sun or partial shade. Mulch to keep roots cool. Daphnes resent transplanting. Further daphne cultivation advice

Propagation

Take nodal stem-tip greenwood cuttings and semi-ripe cuttings just as the base begins to firm up. Hormone rooting compound, a free-draining compost and bottom heat of 15°C (59°F) will improve rooting. Layering of shoots take a year to become well rooted. Daphnes may be propagated by grafting

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

Pruning group 1 or pruning group 8; keep pruning to a minimum

Pests

Aphids and scale insects may be troublesome

Diseases

May be affected by grey moulds, leaf spot and a virus

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