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Variegated Pink Winter Daphne

Variegated Pink Winter Daphne

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Variegated Pink Winter Daphne
Daphne odora 'Aureo-marginata'

Variegated Pink Winter Daphne is a superstar of an evergreen flowering shrub. When Winter Daphne begins to bloom in late winter it heralds - with its intoxicating perfume - the promise of spring. It's attractive, glossy, evergreen, deep green leaves are edged in gold on dense shrubs reaching about 3 to 4 feet in height with an equal spread over time.

The highly fragrant blooms are crystalline white inside and purplish-pink outside. Winter Daphne usually begins blooming sometime in January or February (depending on climate) and continues through March or April, when not mulch else is blooming. The flowers are good for cutting and last well in a flower arrangement. 

Despite the remarkable variety of gardening myths about its requirements, Winter Daphne is very hardy and easy to grow. It must have a well-drained soil and shade or part shade. No afternoon sun. In our gardens it grows very well under large shade trees where not may other shrubs will grow. USDA Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone >

If you could have only one fragrant shrub in your landscape, Winter Daphne should be your choice!

Plant Details & Attributes

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  3-4'
Width at Maturity:  3-4'
Spacing:  2-3' for solid hedges;  5'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:   Dense, Mounding, Rounded 
Growth Rate:  Slow to Moderate
Flower Color:  Pink, White
Flower Size:  Medium, 1.5" cluster
Flowering Period:  Late Winter thru Early Spring
Flower Type:  Cluster
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes - highly fragrant!
Foliage Color:  Green edged in Yellow
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Sun Needs:  Shade or Mostly Shade, Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade, Filtered All Day Sun
Water Needs:  Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (Amended), Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Lightly Moist
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.0 (Moderately Acid to Neutral)
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Heavy Shade, Insect


Winter Daphne is best planted in a shady to part shady site (no afternoon sun) close to a patio, deck, or other sitting areas where its wonderful fragrance can be conveniently appreciated. We have a hedge of them growing around one of our low decks.

Other Landscape / Garden Uses:  Accent, Entryway, Flowering Shrub Border, Groupings, Hedges, Home Foundation Plantings, Landscape Borders, Under Large Trees, Woodland Border

Theme Gardens:  Asian/Japanese Gardens, Cottage Gardens, Cut Flower Gardens, Fragrance or Sensory Gardens, Perennial Gardens, Rock Gardens, Shade Gardens, Tropical Look Gardens, Woodland Gardens, Xeriscape Gardens (Low Water needs)

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