Hardiness: USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Seed is poisonous if ingested Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
On Jul 14, 2012, rkwright85 from Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:
Nice daphne, fragrance is so strong it is almost overwhelming. They split in two a lot of times when they get older, keeping long extension growth trimmed back after flowering helps a little. Like any daphne, does not like to be disturbed once it is planted. Pick a spot and keep it there or it will likely die. Burkwood daphnes are one of the easiest to grow, just give it good drainage and sun.
On May 15, 2011, patienceplus from Voluntown, CT wrote:
This is one of my most treasured shrubs. It's flowers fill the air with a sent I wish I could wear. I do have a question, however, It has grown mostly wide from the base, like octopus tentacles. The branches reach in all directions and are healthy and productive. The center, on the other hand is bare with just 4" thick branches exposed. Can this shrub be pruned way back to force these branches to sprout or does this shrub not take kindly to severe pruning?
On Jun 2, 2009, windsocklady from Elbridge, NY wrote:
I got two of these plants from White Flower Farms about 5 years ago. They were in 1 gal. containers. I have them planted in a raised flower bed and they get full sun to partial shade. They must like it there as they have grown to approximately 4' x 4'. I have people who stop in and comment on the sweet fragrance when they are in bloom. I will enjoy these shrubs for as long as possible. I understand they are short-lived, so I hope they last a while.
On Nov 22, 2008, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
This is by far, the most commented on plant in my shrub bed. It is just beautiful and vigorous. It requires almost no care and increases in size dramatically each year. Visitors love it's beautiful form, color and fragrance.
On May 25, 2006, irishbelle from Orange County, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
I love this shrub. Two of mine have been growing in a bed on a slight slope with excellent drainage and morning sun for four years. They were planted as very small one gallon plants. The blooms are now abundant, though it took me three years before I received a heavy bloom. They smell heavenly, but at first it can be so sweet that enjoying the fragrance from a distance is better than sticking your nose in the flowers :-) Mine have attained a height of about 3+ feet and a spread of about 3.5 - 4 feet. Daphnes are supposedly deer resistant. While I don't get a lot of deer damage because they lose most of their leaves in my zone, I do experience some slight "chew pruning" (stole that term from some one on DG). This pruning method actually seems beneficial for my plants. I trim off the ragged ends, and my daphnes reward me with lush fully leafed out shrubs and fabulous new growth by the end of May. In colder climates they can be slow to leaf out again. One of my plants is a full two weeks behind the other, so allow some time before giving up your daphne for dead in the spring.
On Sep 11, 2003, dahlia_guy from Saint Helens, OR wrote:
Very nice plant. They can be fussy about thier soil. It must be well drained. Also, water as little as possible during the summer, this will result in better blooms. They can however suffer from unexplained illness' without any warning. Enjoy them as long as you can but don't be suprised if one day they get sick without warning.
I inherited 3 of these when I purchased a house 2 year ago and they seemed to be doing fine until this spring when I discovered that one of the three had not survived the winter. Winter was brutal here with the longest stretches of sub-20 degree weather that anyone can remember. I also found small, bright orange spots on the trunk of the dead one.
On Mar 9, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
Burkwood Daphnes are the result of a cross between D. cneorum and D. caucasica. The resulting cultivar was named for Mrs. Carolyn Brett (formerly Carol Mackie), who discovered the mutation of the hybrid in her New Jersey garden.
Two smallish plants were set out in my garden last year; contrary to warnings of slow growth, they each put on good growth and remained evergreen here in our (slightly-warmer-than-typical) zone 6b/7a winter. They even flowered, and the fragrance is VERY distinctive. A great plant that doesn't seem to need a lot of care.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Hydesville, California Lake Wildwood, California Tiburon, California Denver, Colorado Fort Collins, Colorado Grand Junction, Colorado Stonington, Connecticut Voluntown, Connecticut Aldora, Georgia Martinez, Georgia Northfield, Illinois South Bend, Indiana Warren Park, Indiana Westfield, Indiana Cedar Rapids, Iowa Alfred, Maine Hancock, Maine South China, Maine Peabody, Massachusetts Winchendon, Massachusetts Horton, Michigan Sterling, Michigan Helena, Montana Crete, Nebraska Derry, New Hampshire Hightstown, New Jersey Elbridge, New York Pleasantville, New York Davidson, North Carolina Cortland, Ohio Euclid, Ohio Highland Heights, Ohio Rocky River, Ohio Portland, Oregon Saint Helens, Oregon Albion, Pennsylvania East Norriton, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania Jamestown, Rhode Island Conway, South Carolina Murfreesboro, Tennessee Groveton, Virginia Ocean City, Washington Olympia, Washington Seattle, Washington Walnut Grove, Washington Porterfield, Wisconsin Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin