a cross of unknown origin - it is not known what parent is the motherplant / 1850
Louis van Houtte published the first illustration / up to 1,5 m tall and nearly wide
/ the selection ‘Louis van Houtte’ has black-red coloured leaves and reddish flowers
/ hardy plant / semi-deciduous
Due to the diversity of branching, flower and leave colour the following new cross
shall have the name:
Daphne x houtteana ‘Chameleon’ breeder Dirk M. Jockel
Height 0,6 m and 0,8 m width / semi-evergreen / scented / half-shadowed place
This cross was made some years ago with Daphne mezereum as motherplant and Daphne
laureola subsp. laureola as pollen-plant. The dark leave colour develops during cold
periods when the sun shines on the leaves.
The dark leave colour is not homogenous. Sometimes fire-red stripes go through this
dark background, an excellent contrast.
The colouring of the leaves is a form of protection with pigments. This principle
we also find on other plant species.
The flowers of Daphne x houtteana ‘Chameleon’ open white to greenish white. With
age the flower colour turns into different shades of red. Sometimes occur seed set
with red fruits but the fruits do not germinate, in most cases they are more or less
On Daphne x houtteana ‘Chameleon’ develops besides normal branches also cristate
growth where many short shoots are grown together.
Daphne x houtteana 'Louis van Houtte'
Daphne x houtteana ‘Chameleon’ shrub
Daphne x houtteana ‘Chameleon’ dark coloured leaves
Aging flowers of Daphne x houtteana ‘Chameleon’, the colour of the blossoms changes
from greenish-white into red colour