Known as- Daphne
Grow Zone - 6 to 9
Type- Broadleaf evergreen
Smith Scl. hardy? No
ht.- 0.75 to 1 ft.
Span- 0.75 to 1 ft.
Coloring- Deep pink
Shade/Light- Part shade
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- High
Best grown in damp, rich, sandy-humusy, well-drained soils with a neutral
pH in part shade. Consider raised plantings in areas of heavy clay soils
to insure good drainage. “Lawrence Crocker” is not reliably
winter hardy throughout the St. Louis area where it should be planted
in locations protected from winter winds and full sun and given a winter
mulch. More exposed plants can be protected with evergreen boughs. Benefits
from a summer mulch or ground cover which will often help keep roots cool.
Do not allow soils to arid out. Daphnes are often slow to establish and
are best left undisturbed once planted.
“Lawrence Crocker” is a small evergreen daphne hybrid (S.
arbuscula x D. collina) which typically grows in a mound to 12’
tall and as wide. It is a dense, slow-growing shrub which features narrow,
thickly-textured, dark green, evergreen leaves and fragrant deep pink
flowers which bloom from late spring into summer. From the garden of Lawrence
Crocker, one of the founders of the Siskiyou Rare Plant Nursery in Medford,
Daphnes in the St. Louis area often suffer significant winter injury in
severe winters, particularly if improperly planted in locations exposed
to cold winter winds and full sun. Plants weakened by winter injury are
more susceptible to disease problems. Potential diseases include leaf
spots, canker, twig blight, crown rot and virus. Potential insect pests
include aphids, mealy bugs and scale. Plants can be temperamental. Michael
Dirr reports that daphnes often die very quickly for ‘no explicable
A small, rounded shrub for rock gardens or other smaller gardens. Effective
edging plant or small hedge. Also effective in border foregrounds and