spurgelaurel USDA PLANTS Symbol: DALA11
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Hardwood Trees Shrub or Subshrub
Daphne laureola L.

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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Myrtales: Thymelaeaceae
Synonym(s): spurge laurel
Native Range: S. Europe, W. Asia (REHD, BAIL);

Appearance
Daphne laureola is an evergreen shrub that can grow from 2-4 ft. (0.61-1.2 m) tall.
Foliage
Leaves are whorled, dark green, 1-5 in. (2.5-12.7 cm) long, thick, smooth, and shiny. Stem bark is gray to yellowish in color.
Flowers
Flowers are found in clusters of 2 to 10 small, fragrant, and pale green with orange stamens. Blooming occurs from late January to early April.
Fruit
Fruits are oval black to bluish berries containing a single seed. Berries ripen in early summer. Plant reproduces by seed as well as by root sprouts.
Ecological Threat
Daphne laureola grows best is areas with partial to deep shading such as woodlands. It is native to Europe and the Mediterranean. Be aware, this plant is poisonous to humans and can cause contact dermatitis when touched.

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Flower(s); sprout; flower
Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org
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Flower(s); sprout; flower
Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org
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Tree(s); fruit; leaf
Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org
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Flower(s); sprout; flower
Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org
Additional Resolutions & Image Usage

EDDMapS Distribution:
This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts and records obtained from USDA Plants Database. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org
 


State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.


Invasive Listing Sources:
Faith Campbell, 1998
Native Plant Society of Oregon, 2008
Pacific Northwest Exotic Pest Plant Council, 1998