Daphne tangutica


Outstanding Qualities

This easy and carefree daphne is dotted in spring with small attractive fragrant flowers held in clusters at the branch tips. The blooms are rosy red pink in bud becoming a tubular flower blushed pale pink fading to an ivory white. Each flower cluster is backed by thick, deep green shiny foliage on sturdy stems. Intermittent flowers will often appear through the summer. In late summer and fall brilliant clusters of red berries sparkle in the autumn garden.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: blue, cream, silver, yellow

Great Color Partners: bronze, pink, red

Culture Notes

Plant this daphne in a rich well-drained or sandy soil with full sun to light or dappled shade. Avoid locations with hot afternoon sun to keep the foliage looking its best. Once established it appreciates regular watering, but will tolerate occasional watering during dry weather. These are generally short-lived plants maintaining a nice habit for about 20 years then needing replacement. Growing it with limited fertilizer and good drainage can prolong its life. Almost no pruning is required to maintain it’s rounded to mounding shape.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: mounding shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: pink, white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade

Water Requirements: regular watering