Fragrant Daphne, Winter Daphne DAF-ne o-DO-ra
- 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. Variegated form (i.e., Marginata) more widely grown than the species.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Native to Japan and China.