Daphne odora
Common name: 
Fragrant Daphne
Winter Daphne
DAF-ne o-DO-ra
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub, grows to 6 ft (2 m) high (occasionally much higher) with a similar spread, mounded, densely branched in sun, much less so in shade.  Leaves simple, alternate, crowded at ends of branches, oblongish to elliptic, 5-8 cm long, narrowed at both ends but bluntly pointed, thick and glossy green.  Flowers appear in early spring, in 2.5 cm terminal heads, they are rosy-purple to deep red, (also a white alba form), with creamy pink throats, very fragrant.  The most fragrant of all the daphnes.  Fruit red and spherical, but uncommon on cultivated specimens.
  • Sun, but best in partial shade.  Adaptable to many soil types, but needs good drainage.  
  • A few cultivars, including:
    • ‘Marginata’: a variegated selection that is more widely grown than the species
    • 'Mae-jima': also variegated, with a wide band of cream to yellow color along the leaf margin
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 7      Native to Japan and China.
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  • plant habit, flowering

    plant habit, flowering

  • leaves and flower clusters

    leaves and flower clusters

  • flower cluster

    flower cluster

  • plant habit, fall

    plant habit, fall