Daphne odora ‘Aureo Marginata’ Commonly: Variegated Winter Daphne

February 2, 2009

The simple beauty of this evergreen shrub alone makes this plant worth placing in your landscape, but the intoxicating fragrance that comes with its winter blooms makes it a special selection. This shrub will grow to approximately 4′ in height with a slightly wider spread, and is covered with thick glossy variegated leaves 3″ in length. It blooms in February – March with small pink to deep pink flowers, emitting the fragrance Daphnes are known for. Winter Daphne has very particular planting requirements. You will need to dig the planting hole 2 times as wide as the root ball and 1 1/2 times as deep. Plant with a mixture of 1 part soil, 1 part coarse sand, and 2 parts ground bark. Be sure to plant slightly higher than the surrounding soil. Remember to plant this Daphne out of direct sunlight, because it prefers partial shade and do not water during the summer as it prefers a dry season for its root system.

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