Daphne retusa: lustrous and lusty!

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Kelaidis
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Daphne retusa: lustrous and lusty!

OK, the flower is white and the bush is bushy. But for those of us who live in a windswept, godawful Great Plains where the wind whistles and only a few, threadbare strands of barbed wire separate us from the Arctic blasts (I did not make this up, btw), the seemingly subtropical luster of evergreen leaves on this munchkin are as evocative of warmth as Gardenias in Grenada.

I can't resist showing off my champion plant of this, perched on top of my very exposed rock gardeen where it seems to do very well. Alas! Each fruit has a single seed--and it takes forever to gather a handful of the plump berries. So I never have quite enough seed to do the trick.

Although one local nurseryman has had good luck with cuttings...I have grown a half dozen "retusa" and "tangutica" over the years--each different a bit from one another, and yet all with a close family resemlance. All seem to be tough as nails and worth a spot in the large rock garden.

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I have what I got as a retusa but I think it may be tangutica...does very well here but my plant is now too leggy and needs to be re-propagated.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Kelaidis
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Looks just like what I grow as D. retusa: my original D. tangutica which lasted almost 25 years and got almost 4' tall came from Siskiyou Rare Plant Nursery and had somewhat narrower, more pointy leaves. I miss it very much: maybe they still have some tucked away somewhere. My "retusas" tend to have thicker, more oval and darker leaves just like what your's shows...I guess they are all closely allied (tangutica presumably being a more northerly outlier).

For every minion of the peaks there are a dozen steppe children growing in the dry Continental heart of all hemispheres still unknown to horticulture.

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Well maybe I'll have to change my label back to retusa..the fact that the more 'tender' of the two is doing so well fills me with some pride that I'm successful with it in Newfoundland.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Michael J Campbell
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A few of mine starting to flower.

Daphne Kilmeston beauty
Daphne  Napollitana stasek
Daphne  x Mauerbachii Perfume of Spring
Daphne Collina
Daphne Mantensiana Audrey Vokins.
Daphne Napolitana Enigma
Daphne petraea Lydora?
Daphne Rollsdorfii wilhelm Schacht
Daphne Rosy Wave.
Daphne x susannae Cheriton

Michael J Campbell in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland

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Daphne  x Burkwoodii Golden treasure

Michael J Campbell in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland

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Hoy
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Michael, if this is a few, how many do you have? Do they all have a scent that fits their flowers?

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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About 200 in pots and a few in the garden. Most of them have scent which is overpowering in the greenhouse when a lot of them are in bloom at the same time.

Michael J Campbell in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland

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Hoy
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200?? You don't need another hobby then! Except other genera ;)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Boland
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Must be a very fragrant coldhouse!

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Hoy
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No, it is a cold scenthouse ;)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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