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Daphniphyllum humile
Daphniphyllum humile
Daphniphyllum humile
Daphniphyllum humile

Daphniphyllum humile

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Low Daphniphyllum. This genus is so new to the trade that there is not really a common name given to it as yet, so I'm calling it "Low Daphniphyllum" since the Latin humile of the species has to do with growing close to the ground, because "humi" in Latin is the root of humus or soil. This is like the Sarcococca hookerana humilis, the groundcover Sarcococca. But this species is a more compact version of D. macropodum which follows in our catalog. D. humile is actually broader than high, with its height rarely exceeding 6' with an 8' spread. The foliage is almost identical in color to D. macropodum, with its leaves being almost the same size. The foliage resembles that of an evergreen Rhododendron. This genus is dioecious, with separate male and female plants, like Holly and Aucuba. The flowers of both sexes are not showy, but they are produced on hanging racemes under the leaves. Berries on the female would be quite attractive if they were more visible. They appear as a shiny black fruit and hang in a branched cluster from a 4-6" long rachis. The leaves appear in whorls similar to Pittosporum at the end of each flush of growth. Full sun produces the most compact plant but it also does quite well in part shade.

Zones 7-9