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