The Japanese Paper Daphne as it is commonly called is a deciduous shrub to a couple of metres with clusters of scented yellow flowers with white furry outsides to the trumpet. It is a dome shaped shrub for light shade or morning sun in well drained soil and looks a treat with dark Hellebores, Trilliums or Primroses growing under it. It was once used in Japan to make high quality paper from the bark so be warned not to pick flowers without sharp secateurs as the bark is tough and can be stripped to the bottom by the unaware. Snails also like it so be careful when it is young as they can play merry hell with it.
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