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An evergreen shrub 3 to 5 ft high, naked and tapering to a single stem at the base, spreading at the top; branchlets and leaves glabrous. Leaves obovate, 1 to 3 in. long, 1⁄2 to 11⁄4 in. wide; stalkless, tapered to the base, more abruptly so to the pointed apex, glossy green. Flowers yellowish green, fragrant, borne during April in pairs from the axils of bracts at the base of the new shoots, the whole forming a dense mass of blossom crowned by the tips of the pushing young twigs. Perianth tube 1⁄3 in. long, slender; lobes narrow, pointed, recurved. Flower-stalk about 1⁄3 in. long, forking near the top. Bot. Mag., t. 1282.
Native of Asia Minor; cultivated in 1752. Although the flowers of this daphne have no bright colour, they are fragrant and profuse, and the shrub is a cheerful evergreen. It likes a moist, loamy, or peaty soil in a sheltered, partially shaded spot. Useful for grouping near woodland walks.
The distribution given in the first impression, and in earlier editions, is incomplete. The species ranges from south-east Bulgaria through Turkey to the Caucasus.