Daphne laureola Thymelaeaceae
Spurge Laurel DAF-ne low-REE-o-la
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, much branched, slow growing to about 5 ft (1.5 m) tall. Leaves
alternate, simple, crowded at branch tips, about 7 cm × 2 cm, obovate or oblong, tips acute to obtuse,
tapered at the base, leathery, deep glossy green above. Flowers small, pale to yellow-green, 3-8 mm
long and 4 mm wide, 5-20 per cluster (raceme), sometimes fragrant, unattractive to pleasant odor.
Fruit ovoid, bluish black, fleshy.
- Part sun to heavy shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 6 Native to western and southeastern Europe,
including Briton, and North Africa. A semi-prostrate, compact form, D. laureola subsp.
philippi, is also grown.
- An invasive species in some areas and is listed as a weed in the Pacific Northwest where
it is a threat to certain native forest ecosystems.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: SW area of Sachett dorm, along west wall