February Daphne
Daphne mezereum 'Alba'

Family: Thymelaeaceae
Genus: Daphne (DAF-nee) (Info)
Species: mezereum
Cultivar: Alba

Category:

Shrubs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Deciduous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Vancouver, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Apr 9, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A choice but uncommon small shrub famous for its highly fragrant, dull white flowers in early spring. There are cultivars with flowers of a cleaner white. The white-flowering trait comes true from seed.

White-flowered forms also differ from the species in having fruits that are bright yellow, not scarlet.

Loves cool summers, part/light shade. Performs best in moist, moderately alkaline soils rich in humus and sand. Requires good drainage and cool roots. Hates the hot humid climate of the southeastern US.

These are short-lived plants, generally living less than 10 years. Susceptible to viral infection, so most plants in commerce are seed-grown. Plants can be tempermental, sometimes given to rapid death for no discernible reason.

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