Daphne mezereum ‘Rubra Select’
Habit: Broad, bushy, upright small shrub, 1-1.5 m tall and wide; medium to fast-growing; more shoots than the normal variety.
Flowers: A select flowering shrub with far more and larger flowers than the type, intense dark carmine (February) March to April; fragrant from afar (more than 25m away!); no fruit.
Leaves: Lanceolate, pale green, in clusters at the end of shoots, no autumn colours.
Roots: Deep roots, sensitive; once established, do not transplant.
Demands: Light shade to semi-shade; grows in sunny areas, but has extremely short-lived flowers with pale colours, frost hardy; suffers from heat, wind and extreme frost.
Soil: Fresh or moist, cool and humid; neutral to alkaline; for strong, nutritious, loamy substrates.
Hardiness: Zone 4