grows in SW-China at altitudes up to 2800 m / 1,5 m tall / prefers more shady places
between shrubs and in light forested areas / evergreen to semi-evergreen / not hardy
/ fragrance / orange-red fruits
Often confused with Daphne longilobata but Daphne acutiloba belongs to the subgenus
Rhedera in section Rhedera. The classifying characteristic for section Rehdera is
the sympodial growth. This means that the inflorescence and the new shoot are equal
in rank and start developing simultaneously from one point of growth - see also picture
In most cases the calyx tube of Daphne acutiloba is greenish to white (J.J. Halda
listed an exception but it seems that those plants are not or rarely in cultivation,
not confuse with Daphne DJHC 98164) and Daphne acutiloba flowers only in spring and
sometimes again at the end of summer.
Daphne longilobata is subgenus Sophia with lateral or terminal inflorescences, same
as Daphne caucasica or Daphne alpina. There is always a time lag between the growth
of the new shoot and the short shoot for the inflorescence. Please compare with the
picture on the Daphne longilobata page.
This description is well visible during the first time when the new growth starts
on a branch.
From China comes Daphne acutiloba ‘Fragrant Cloud’. The leaves look more leathery
and the whole plant gives a robust impression.