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Zuiko Nishiki Winter Daphne odora
'Zuiko Nishiki' is a truly spectacular semi-dwarf Winter Daphne selection that sports the closest to purple buds we've seen on any other variety and is more vigorous and said to be more cold hardy. The bright purple buds open to highly fragrant crystalline white blooms. Get all the details below

Zuiko Nishiki Winter Daphne odora

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Zuiko Nishiki Winter Daphne
Daphne odora 'Zuiko Nishiki'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Winter Daphne is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring. That said, it's not the easiest plant to grow in containers, much preferring growing in the ground. But hey, with tender loving care it can be done!



Special Attributes

Winter Daphne is a superstar of an evergreen flowering shrub and 'Zuiko Nishiki' is a truly spectacular semi-dwarf selection that sports the closest to purple buds we've seen on any other variety. The bright purple buds open to highly fragrant crystalline white blooms. In our gardens, Winter Daphne usually begins blooming sometime in January or February (depending on climate) and continues through March or April. 

Special Note: 'Zuiko Nishiki' is a Japanese selection of Daphne odora we don't have a lot of experience with but hear from other professionals that it has a more vigorous nature and may also be more cold hardy than the species. 




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in a dense, rounded mound to about 3-4 feet tall and wide, Zuiko Nishiki Winter Daphne is ideal for use as a specimen, in groupings, or as a natural evergreen hedge in shady landscape borders and home foundation plantings. In our gardens, we have several planted under the canopies of large shade trees where they've performed very well over many years. Make sure to plant this fragrant wonder near windows, patios, decks, porches and other outdoor living spaces where the heavenly perfume can be enjoyed from close up. A fine addition to Asian gardens, fragrance gardens, woodland gardens, cottage gardens, and Xeriscape gardens (low water needs).

Suggested Spacing:  2-3' for solid hedges;  6' or more for space between plants



Cultural Preferences

Despite the remarkable variety of gardening myths about its requirements, Winter Daphne is very hardy and easy to grow. Know that it must have a well-drained soil and shade or part shade. No direct afternoon sun. Winter Daphne thrives in deep shade under the canopies of large shade trees and in other areas where not many other evergreen shrubs will grow. That said, plants will tolerate the morning sun. These plants are exceptionally drought tolerant when established. We rarely water the plants growing in our gardens during. In the extremely warmer climates of the deeper southern areas an occasional deep soaking will be appreciated during an extended drought. 


Note:  For helpful advice provided by our experts, click on the Planting & Care tab above on desktops or below on mobile phones. 



Plant Details

USDA Plant 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;  5-6' for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:   Dense, Mounding, Rounded 
Growth Rate:  Slow to Moderate
Flower Color:  Purple buds, White flowers
Flower Size:  Medium, 1.5" cluster
Flowering Period:  Late Winter thru Early Spring
Flower Type:  Cluster
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes - highly fragrant!
Foliage Color:  Glossy Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Sun Needs:  Shade or Mostly Shade, Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade, Filtered All Day Sun or Dappled Shade
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



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