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Daphne x mantensiana

Phonetic Spelling
DAF-nee m-ant-en-si-an-uh
Description

This Daphne is low-growing shrub to 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. The pink blooms occur in clusters of very fragrant flowers in mid-spring and may rebloom in late summer. The glossy green leaves are semi to evergreen.

Daphnes can be finicky to grow, but if you like a challenge and love fragrant flowers then choose your site wisely. Preference is for partial sun to partial shade with protection from cold winds. The soil must be very well-drained, moist to partly dry and not too fertile. They like clay to sandy soils. Daphnes don't take well to transplanting or excessive pruning either and have been known to die for no apparent reason. 

Use this shrub in a border, as a foundation plant, in small spaces or on slopes. Plant where the poisonous berries are not accessible to pets.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Audrey Vochins'
    Variegated leaves, long bloom season
  • 'Manten'
    pink flowers, 3 x repeat bloomer
'Audrey Vochins', 'Manten'
Tags:
#evergreen
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Audrey Vochins'
    Variegated leaves, long bloom season
  • 'Manten'
    pink flowers, 3 x repeat bloomer
'Audrey Vochins', 'Manten'
Tags:
#evergreen
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Daphne
    Family:
    Thymelaeaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia, Europe
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Rounded
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    High
  • 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)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Description:
    Small red drupes.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Description:
    Clusters of tubular fragrant pink blooms in spring. They are dark pink on the outside and pale pink within. May rebloom in late summer
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Narrow, dark green leaves; 0.5-1 in. long
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Slope/Bank
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Garden for the Blind
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Specimen
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs