This very hardy daphne comes from northwestern China, Tibet, Bhutan and northern Burma. It has purple buds that open to white and result in small red fruit. As with all Daphne, the flowers are fragrant, but this one is said to have a different scent than most of the other, more resembling a soft Indian incense.. But none of that is what attracted me to this plant. It is the trunk. It is a russet brown color that looks as if it has a powder coat. Each branch emerges from a fattened area of the trunk and has an inverted collar around it. Where multiple branches come out of a single fattened area, it reminds me of a dwarf’s club. It provides great architectural form.
Pronunciation: DAF-nee tan-GOO-tik-uh
Species Meaning: Of or from Tangut, Tibet
Daphne tangutica is native to Tibet.
Tolerates some drought once established.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20160
We acquired this plant from Farmington Gardens.