Daphne odora

Scientific name: Daphne odora

Synonym: Daphne japonica


Common names: “Winter daphne” “Japan daphne”

Plant Type: Evergreen shrub


Zone: 5-8

Light: Dappled shade – full shade

Exposure: Sheltered from cold winds

Soil: Moderately fertile, humus rich, neutral – alkaline soil

Moisture: Moist well drained


Plant Size: H 4′ W 4′

Leaf and Stem shape: Leathery, dark green leaves

Flower: Highly fragrant deep purple-pink & white flowers in clusters of 10-15 or more, blooms February – April

Pruning: Can prune after flowering but only when necessary

Maintenance: Mulch, do not transplant!

Landscape use: Flower beds and informal gardens

Propagate: By seed, cuttings and grafting

Pests & Disease: None in Victoria

*Deer resistant

Comments: Beautiful smelling flowers but not for people with hay fever, all parts of the plant are poisonous

Cultivars: D. o. ‘Aureomarginata’ – may be hardier, has variegated foliage

D. o. ‘Zuiko nishiki’ – has larger flowers & is more floriferous


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