Daphne genkwa fowers in close-up
All images, text, and other content belong at any portion to this website:  seidelbast.net    Copyright © 2011-2017    All rights reserved         Impressum


Plants, Pictures, and Information

              - all about the Genus Daphne

Daphne - Seidelbast
Beautiful Plants for the
Charming Garden

Daphne acutiloba  Rehder (1916)


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 below.

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.


Hybrids with Daphne acutiloba are: Daphne x ‘Spring Herald’, Daphne x goodsoniae ‘Hinton’, and Daphne x ‘White Queen’  

Daphne acutiloba inflorescence, 'spitzlappiger Seidelbast'
Daphne acutiloba calyx tube, 'spitzlappiger Seidelbast'
sympodial growth of Daphne acutiloba, 'spitzlappiger Seidelbast'
sympodial growth of Daphne acutiloba, 'spitzlappiger Seidelbast'
Daphne acutiloba fruits, 'spitzlappiger Seidelbast'

Above left: Daphne acutiloba inflorescence


Above right: Daphne acutiloba calyx tube

Below left and right:

sympodial growth of Daphne acutiloba


Daphne acutiloba fruits

Daphne acutiloba ‘Fragrant Cloud’ inflorescence close-up, 'spitzlappiger Seidelbast'
Daphne acutiloba ‘Fragrant Cloud’ shrub, 'spitzlappiger Seidelbast'


Daphne acutiloba ‘Fragrant Cloud’

inflorescence close-up


Below left:

Daphne acutiloba ‘Fragrant Cloud’ shrub