Daphniphyllum macropodumDaphniphyllum macropodum

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Daphniphyllum macropodum
  • PRONUNCIATION: daff-ne-FI-lum (daf-ne-FILL-um) mac-cro-PODE-dum
  • COMMON NAME: Daphniphyllum
  • FAMILY: Daphniphyllaceae
  • NATIVITY: China, Korea, Japan
  • GROWTH HABIT: Large rounded shrub or small tree
  • SIZE: 10 - 30'
  • HARDINESS: Zone 7 - 9
  • CULTURE: Sun to partial shade, in moist, well-drained soil. Benefits from winter protection.
  • LANDSCAPE USE: The good rhododendron-like foliage is a welcome addition as a specimen or in combination with other plants. The growth habit is consistent, and as a result, it may be used in more formal settings.
  • FOLIAGE: Alternate, oblong 3 - 8" long, glabrous, rhododendron-like. The mid vein and petiole may be tinged red.
  • BUDS: Imbricate, greenish red. Terminal buds (1/2" long) are conical and lateral buds (1/8" long) are ovoid.
  • BARK: Young branches rather thick, bluish green; turns reddish in winter.
  • FLOWERS: Racemes in the axils of the leaves, about 1" long. Flowers are green or creamy white and inconspicuous.
  • FRUIT: Blue-black, 1/2".
  • PESTS: None serious.
    • `Variegatum' - marginal white variegation


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