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Daphne evergreen shrubs

Daphne evergreen shrubsDaphne are beautiful shrubs, mostly evergreens, bearing elegant flowers followed by bright-red poisonous berries. Daphne Mezereum is the most common variety, and is very suitable for the front of shrubberies.

The Chinese variety Daphne Odorata is too tender for outdoors, but makes a fine ornament for the greenhouse. The dwarf kinds, bearing fragrant pink flowers, are rather tender, but are very useful for rockeries occupying sheltered positions. They all need a peaty soil, and may be increased by grafting on to the common Spurge Laurel.

Different varieties flower at various periods, from February to October. Their height is about 9 inch to 6 feet, but the majority are from 2 to 3 feet high.