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DAPHNE odora

Image of Daphne odora

JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

Family

Thymelaeaceae

Botanical Name

DAPHNE odora

Plant Common Name

Fragrant Daphne, Winter Daphne

General Description

Winter daphne is an intensely perfumed plant that comes from China and Japan. Blooming in the winter with clusters of deep rose-pink flowers makes this plant a prize for the warm temperate garden. Flowers are followed by pretty red fruits that contrast against the glossed leathery dark green leaves.

Unfortunately, this shrub is short-lived and demanding in its culture. Winter daphne requires extremely well-drained but moist neutral soils, so careful watering and mulching is important. It also should be sited in some sun but sheltered from hot midday sun and dry winds. A slight reduction in watering in late summer has a tendency to result in increased flowering the following winter. The heavenly smelling blossoms are worth trying winter daphne in the patio garden or rockery.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Rose

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No