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Daphne pseudomezereum

Description

This winter flowering shrub is unique in that it is a temperate woody plant that goes dormant in the summer.  As the spring temperatures rise and days get longer the plant drops all of its leaves.  When the days get cooler and shorter it will leaf out again in the fall.  Therefore it is an ideal candidate for an understory planting in deciduous woodland gardens.    

Fire risk:

Poisonous:  May cause dermatitis for some people.

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#yellow flowers#deciduous shrub#winter interest#winter flowers
 
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#yellow flowers#deciduous shrub#winter interest#winter flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Daphne
    Species:
    pseudomezereum
    Family:
    Thymelaeaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China, Korea, Japan
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Oval red fruits 1/3" long
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Shape:
    Saucer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Gold 4 petals 1/2 wide buds on short stalks open in early January-March
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Smooth
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Oblanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Dark green, simple alternate leaves are 2"-3" long, 3/8"- 1" wide, oblaceolate and tapered at the base with a short petiol and pointed at teh apex
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Bud Terminal:
    Cluster of terminal buds
    Stem Bud Scales:
    Enclosed in a single cap like scale
    Stem Cross Section:
    Round
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Leaf Scar Shape:
    Round
    Stem Lenticels:
    Conspicuous
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Stems are fleshy looking
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Rock Wall
    Small Space
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Rabbits
    Problems:
    Contact Dermatitis