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PlantFiles: Burkwood Daphne
Daphne x burkwoodii 'Somerset'

Family: Thymelaeaceae
Genus: Daphne (DAF-nee) (Info)
Species: x burkwoodii (berk-WOOD-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Somerset

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Feb 7, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A beautiful garden plant.

I find D. x burkwoodii blooms reliably in May and also reblooms heavily at irregular intervals---I'm not sure there's any month in which I haven't sometimes seen it bloom.

The flowers are strongly and sweetly fragrant. This is one of the best garden plants for fragrance.

Like all daphnes, it requires excellent drainage and is prone to root rots. Like all daphnes, it's also short-lived---10 years is a good long life for any daphne.

Without pruning or pinching, it tends to grow taller than its main stem can support and topple over under snow. I have a hard time timing any pruning/pinching, as I worry about pinching off the growth that has the flower buds on it.

In Boston Z6a, the foliage at the tips of the branches is evergreen. This shrub is hardy at least to Z4. It also hates hot humid summers where the night temperatures often remain above 70F, and in eastern N. America it is not generally happy south of Z6/7.

Positive rkwright85 On Feb 7, 2015, rkwright85 from Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

One of the easiest Daphnes to grow. It's also much faster growing than 'Carol Mackie' and roots easily from cuttings. Blooms heavily in the spring and will repeat bloom during summer, especially younger plants. This is a tough Daphne and will survive colder temps than most. If it is not pruned, it will grow more upright and may get top heavy and break from weight of snow or ice. It grows best in full sun and is a great Daphne to start with if you have never grown one before.

Positive MartyJo On Nov 12, 2005, MartyJo from Fayette, IA (Zone 4b) wrote:

I ordered this plant last year. I'm pretty sure they listed it for zone 4, as I usually order only things I think are likely to survive. This one did overwinter with no protection and made good growth this year. I don't recall that it bloomed in the spring, but it's blooming now - early November. A nice neat little shrub.

Neutral Todd_Boland On Nov 23, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Somerset' was one of the two original seedlings developed when Mr. Burkwood crossed D. caucasica with D. cneorum. Little did he know how many other cultivars were to follow. This one is pink-flowered with grey-green semi-deciduous foliage.


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

Westfield, Indiana
Fayette, Iowa
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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