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Daphne odora 'Marginata' (Winter daphne)

Daphne odora 'Marginata' Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Daphne odora 'Marginata' DAF-nee OH-dor-ah Common Name: Winter daphne Synonyms: 'Aureomarginata' Genus: Daphne
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 characteristics: Variegated leaves. Fragrant flowers that bloom in winter and early spring.
Care: Grow 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.
Propagation: Sow 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.
Problems: Fasciation, Southern blight, tobacco ringspot virus, Verticillium wilt, crown and root rot, Botrytis twig blight, aphids, and scale insects are common.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Tolerance Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Fragrant Flowers; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Early Spring; Spring; Winter
Foliage Color Variegated Foliage
Flower Color Purple/ Lavender Flower; Red Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Poisonous
Style Rock Garden, Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Spring Interest
Type Shrubs

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