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Daphne odora

Daphne odora - The Winter Daphne

Perhaps the most widely grown species, Daphne odora is a winter flowering plant grown form the fragrant flowers that cover the plant until spring.

A small rounded shrub with pink or white flowers Daphne odora also has good foliage and is easy care in a part shaded position. Available in a number of varieties including variegated leaf forms this is a plant that requires a little pruning to maintain a healthy bushy habit. Although it is slow growing, it is a long lived plant given the right growing conditions.

Growing well in USDA zones 7 - 9, D. odora can also be grown in a container if required which will help with overwintering if needed.

As for fragrance, we consider this to be the best of all of the daphnes, it may not have flowers for as a long as some, however the perfume is better and stronger.

Daphne Odora Varieties

  • D. odora 'aureomarginata' (syn D. odora 'marginata' - Narrow cream to yellow margins on the leaves
  • D. odora 'alba', white flowers.
  • D. odora var.rubra - Pinkish flowers
  • Da. odora 'Zuiko Nishiki' - A new cultivar with a more vigourous habit

Pruning Daphne Odora

Generally pruning is said to be not required, the habit of picking a few flower sprigs for vases takes care of this formost gardeners. So 'tip pruning' on a regular basis works well.

Some gardeners find that plants left for many years get a little leggy and try for a 'hard prune'. This is a difficult task and can lead to 'sudden death' with Daphne odora.

Our recomendation for pruning Daphne odora is 'Don't Prune at all'. Just pick flowers regularly from an early age and the plant will thrive.


Immediatly after flowering, with established plants prune back by 4 inches. It must be done as the flowers fade and you need to use judgement as to how much to prune. Anywhere from 2 - 6 inches really.

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