Winter daphne

Daphne odora 'Marginata'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Winter daphne (Daphne odora 'Marginata')
DAF-nee OH-dor-ah
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.

Overview

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
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Spring,
Winter
Flower Color
Purple/Lavender Flower,
Red Flower
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Poisonous
Style
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Frost Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

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