Phaleria clerodendron, Scented Daphne

Phaleria clerodendron

Scented Daphne
Family: Thymelaeaceae
Origin: Australia
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsIrritating plantFragrant plant

Phaleria clerodendron (Scented Daphne) is a beautiful plant that is best suited for areas that receive full sun to semi-shade and require regular watering. It can grow up to 5-10ft tall as a shrub or up to 20ft when grown as a small tree. The fragrant white flowers of the plant are an attractive addition to any garden and are known to attract a variety of butterflies and hummingbirds. However, its sap can be very irritating to the skin and should be handled with care.

This small tree or large shrub is a rare gem in home cultivation. It is a bushy rainforest plant with dark glossy green leaves that can grow up to 18 inches long. The plant produces spectacular white, strongly pineapple scented, tubular flowers on the trunk and larger branches with the onset of rain. The scent of masses of flowers permeates through the garden, making it a great addition to any outdoor space. The plant is fast-growing in a moist site with bright or filtered light and can tolerate moist soils. Fruit-eating birds also relish the glossy fruit of the plant, although the flesh of the fruit is stringy and is reputed to be poisonous to humans.

This plant can be grown in USDA Zones 9-11. In cold weather, the plant generally loses its leaves and can look unattractive.

Overall, Phaleria clerodendron is a stunning and easy-to-care-for plant that can add a touch of beauty and fragrance to any garden.

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