Winter daphne

Daphne odora

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Winter daphne (Daphne odora)
DAF-nee OH-dor-ah
Genus:  Daphne
This evergreen species produces rose-purple buds that open to white and are intensely and exotically fragrant. The blooms (from mid-winter to early spring) are followed by red fruit and dark-green, glossy leaves.  
Noteworthy Characteristics:  These shrubs are gems in the open woodland and shrub border, or for specimen planting. Daphnes have the reputation of being finicky and perishing without warning, but in general, they are beautiful, low maintanence shrubs. 
Care:  This species prefers filtered shade and heavy pruning to keep it full.
Propagation:  Sow seed in a cold frame when fresh; take softwood cuttings in early summer and hardwood cuttings in late summer.
Problems:  Southern blight, Verticillium wilt, crown and root rot, Botrytis twig blight, aphids, and scale.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Spring,
Winter
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower,
White Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Cottage Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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