Daphne × neapolitana Lodd.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Daphne × neapolitana' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/daphne/daphne-x-neapolitana/). Accessed 2021-12-02.

Genus

Synonyms

  • D. collina var. neapolitana (Lodd.) Lindl.

Glossary

apex
(pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
glaucous
Grey-blue often from superficial layer of wax (bloom).
hybrid
Plant originating from the cross-fertilisation of genetically distinct individuals (e.g. two species or two subspecies).
indumentum
A covering of hairs or scales.
monograph
Taxonomic account of a single genus or family.
oblanceolate
Inversely lanceolate; broadest towards apex.
perianth
Calyx and corolla. Term used especially when petals and sepals are not easily distinguished from each other.
variety
(var.) Taxonomic rank (varietas) grouping variants of a species with relatively minor differentiation in a few characters but occurring as recognisable populations. Often loosely used for rare minor variants more usefully ranked as forms.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Daphne × neapolitana' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/daphne/daphne-x-neapolitana/). Accessed 2021-12-02.

A dense, erect-branched shrub 2 to 3 ft high, of bushy habit, and evergreen; shoots dark brown, with minute forward-pointing hairs. Leaves short-stalked, scattered along the branches, oblanceolate or narrowly obovate, rounded or obtusely angled at the apex, 34 to 114 in. long, 18 to 13 in. wide; dark glossy green and glabrous above, glaucous and more or less hairy towards the base beneath. Flowers in one or more leafy clusters at the apex of the branches, from ten to fourteen flowers in a cluster, opening successively from March to May, and even later; at first they are rosy purple, but turn pale with age, sweetly scented, 13 in. long and wide, covered outside with minute whitish down. Fruit not seen.

This daphne, which is one of the most robust and easiest to cultivate of a difficult class of plants, would appear to be a hybrid of natural origin. Lindley, who gave an excellent figure of it in Bot. Reg., t. 822, called it D. collina neapolitana. The general opinion now held is that it is a hybrid; its parentage is usually given as collina × cneorum, but I should rather judge it to be oleoides × cneorum. It is grown in gardens under a variety of names, often as D. oleoides. One of the most useful of daphnes, and fond of lime in the soil.

The status of this daphne remains as controversial at the present time (1971) as when the above words were written. Lindley’s view, that it was no more than a variant of D. collina, was strongly upheld by Keissler in his monograph (Bot. Jahrb., Vol. 25, p. 97) and in this he is followed by Rehder. However, the indumentum of the perianth suggests the influence of D. cneorum; the other parent is more likely to have been D. collina than D. oleoides.

The identity of the daphnes once grown under such names as D. elisae, D. delahayana and D. fioniana is not certain; they are said to resemble D. × neapolitana and may be of the same parentage.