Daph­ni­phyl­lum macrop­o­dum

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Su­per­fi­cially, this ev­er­green shrub is sim­i­lar to rhododendron, but has a denser canopy, rounder habit and a greater tol­er­ance of bright sunshine. In spring, the canopy is flushed with whorls of cop­per-tinted leaves held on bright-red peti­oles. Leaves grad­u­ally fade to green and de­velop a striking, glau­cous un­der­side. Its flow­ers are in­con­spic­u­ous, but the loose bunches of blue­berry-like fruit (on fe­male plants) are no­table in au­tumn. Plants prop­a­gated from seed will show con­sid­er­able vari­a­tion, so shop in spring to select the best forms. Height 4-8m. Ori­gin Japan, Korea and China. Con­di­tions Shel­ter from strong winds, good well-drained soil; can tol­er­ate sun or shade. Har­di­ness RHS H4. Sea­son Year-round.

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