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Winter daphne

Daphne odora 'Marginata'

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This winter daphne has yellow-margined leaves and rosy-pink flower buds that open to white. Fragrant flowers bloom in winter and early spring. Reaching 4 feet tall and wide, ‘Marginata’ is beautiful against a wall or near a patio or deck where its fragrance can be appreciated. Or grow in a shade garden where its variegated leaves really shine. Daphne odora is evergreen and has a rounded form. It is native to China and Japan.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsVariegated leaves. Fragrant flowers that bloom in winter and early spring.

CareGrow in fertile, humus-rich, slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil in full sun or partial shade. It needs excellent drainage, but doesn't tolerate dry soil. Resents transplanting. Keep pruning to a minimum.

PropagationSow seed in containers in a cold frame when they are ripe. Take softwood cuttings in early and mid-summer, or take semi-ripe and evergreen cuttings in mid- or late summer. Graft in winter; layer in spring.

ProblemsFasciation, Southern blight, tobacco ringspot virus, Verticillium wilt, crown and root rot, Botrytis twig blight, aphids, and scale insects are common.

  • Genus : Daphne
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 7, 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Spring, Winter
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Showy Foliage
  • Tolerance : Frost Tolerant
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Red
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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  1. user-7008438 03/31/2017

    I grow my daphne odora marginata in a tub on a sunny patio, it is about 2 or 3 years old. Lots of flower buds formed this year but have not not opened, and all the leaves have fallen off. It is looking very sorry for itself. Any idea what could be wrong?

    1. antoinettebotsford 05/29/2017

      Don't know where you are. Did it rain a lot this winter? Is the drainage in your pot good?

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