Joy Creek Nursery

314-040D4   Daphne retusa  

Daphne retusa
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It is sometimes hard to find reliable, compact evergreen shrubs for smaller gardens. Daphne retusa is a good candidate. Introduced in 1901 by Ernest Wilson from an expedition to China and Tibet, it has been a familiar plant for rock gardeners ever since. Its upright habit and dark, glossy, blunt-tipped foliage, give it a sense of solidity. Yet in bloom, it has a surprisingly delicate appearance when it is covered with clusters of two-toned flowers, pink on the outside, white on the interior. They are delightfully fragrant. Later in the season, orange fruits glow amidst the rounded leaves.

Late spring.  24 in. x 18-24 in.

Rose and White flowers

Sun, Part Shade     Zones 6, 7, 8
We have learned to grow the rock garden daphnes in well-draining soil with protection from the hottest sun of the day. In addition, we keep our daphnes free from the foliage of overhanging perennials and grasses.

20300 NW Watson Road  Scappoose, OR 97056
(503) 543-7474    (503) 543-6933 (FAX)