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Daphne odora

Fragrant Daphne, Winter Daphne

Pronunciation
DAFF-ne o-DOR-a
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Family
Genus
Nativity

China

Growth Habit

Upright, mounded shrub with dense growth.

Hardiness
7
Culture

Sun to light shade. Light shade in the winter is beneficial; the north side of a building works well. Soil should be loose, moist, well-drained and near neutral pH, though D. odora is not as particular about soil types as some Daphne, and also seems to bear transplanting better. Perhaps best treated as a short-lived plant.

Facultative Status
Prefers well drained, moist, neutral soil
Landscape Use

Specimen plant. D. odora tends to be quite tempermental, but its worth the extra effort for the early fragrant flowers. Put near a walkway or entrance where it can be fully enjoyed.

Foliage

Glossy light green. Alternate, oblong-lanceolate, entire, 1.5 to 3.5 inches long, shiny and deep green.

Fruit

Pale- to rose-pink; strongly fragrant; up to 10 florets on 1 inch diameter terminal heads.

Propagation

Seed.

Pests
Leaf spot, crown rot, twig blight, canker, aphids, mealybug, scales and viruses.
Cultivars

'Alba' - off-white flowers.

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