Botanical Name: Daphne genkwa
The lilac colored flowers are quite numerous on the stems. Very showy but lacking any fragrance.
Early to mid May before the foliage appears.
Dark green leaves are mostly opposite and open after flowers have bloomed.
Upright slender stems form a loose mound.
Grows three to four feet tall.
Full sun to part shade.
Description: The reason we are trying to grow this one is that Lud Hoffman was having a problem rooting cuttings of this form and asked us to try to root a few at Summer Hill. We had such good success that we had plants left over after he took what he wanted and now we are trying to grow it. This is also a 3 to 4 foot high deciduous shrub, more slender and sparsely branched than D. caucasica. As you might guess from the common name, the flowers are lilac colored, and they are produced in May before the leaves come out. This is a spectacular little plant when in flower, but unfortunately, the flowers are not very fragrant.