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Author Topic: Daphne ID sought  (Read 362 times)

ddembowski

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Daphne ID sought
« on: January 06, 2024, 12:02:41 AM »
This is a distinctive daphne, I think. It is flowering now (in the New York City area), the flowers are a light yellow on the inside and plum/purple on the reverse.
It is earlier flowering than the D. mezereum, though similar in growth habit/height. Oddly, also, it seems to spread by suckering.

MarcR

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Re: Daphne ID sought
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2024, 12:45:22 AM »
ddembowski,

I think it may be Daphne Laureola.
Marc Rosenblum

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I am in USDA zone 8b where temperatures almost never fall below 15F -9.4C.  Rainfall 50" 110 cm + but none  June-September.  We seldom get snow; but when it comes we get 30" overnight. Soil is sandy loam with a lot of humus. 
Oregon- where Dallas is NNW of Phoenix

ddembowski

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Re: Daphne ID sought
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2024, 02:53:23 PM »
Thanks, Marc. But just looking at pictures of laurola, I don't see any with the plum/purple reverse on the flowers. The pictures show only greenish/yellow flowers. On the other hand, the tendency of laurola, to sucker or spread does match up. I got this plant from John Bieber who had an extensive collection of daphnes. He labeled it kamtschatica, which doesn't seem right.

MarcR

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Re: Daphne ID sought
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2024, 05:15:22 AM »
ddembowski,

Daphne laureola does have purple reverse; but not consistently.
Marc Rosenblum

Falls City, OR USA

I am in USDA zone 8b where temperatures almost never fall below 15F -9.4C.  Rainfall 50" 110 cm + but none  June-September.  We seldom get snow; but when it comes we get 30" overnight. Soil is sandy loam with a lot of humus. 
Oregon- where Dallas is NNW of Phoenix

Tristan_He

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Re: Daphne ID sought
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2024, 09:44:08 PM »
I think it could be a variant or hybrid of D. mezereum - the leaves and general habit look right. It's very early though, and I've never seen one this colour.

I can't see any laureola in this - that has green flowers and waxy laurel-like leaves.

 


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