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PlantFiles: Variegated Winter Daphne, Fragrant Daphne
Daphne odora 'Aureo-Marginata'

Family: Thymelaeaceae
Genus: Daphne (DAF-nee) (Info)
Species: odora (oh-DOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Aureo-Marginata
Additional cultivar information: (aka Marginata)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative fixpix On Sep 2, 2011, fixpix from Oradea
Romania wrote:

I think I got this in my garden. Am just not that happy about it.
Still very few leaves on it even now, at end of summer. All crammed at end of branches.
Flowers... well, really early spring blooms, but I think they were attacked by cold. Very few managed to open.
This pic was taken april 6, 2011.

Just doesn't look like most pictures... leaves and flowers at the same time.

Positive NWSeattleite On Mar 19, 2011, NWSeattleite from Seattle
United States wrote:

Great plant! Despite its reputation for being unpredictable in nature, I've had wonderful luck with this plant, as well as other Daphnes.

I've planted 8 of this variety in a wide range of soils and exposures (sand, heavy clay, sea water exposure) and all seem to thrive. And the scent is heavenly!

Positive anelson77 On May 12, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

I have three of these. One, in full shade, has attractive foliage but doesn't bloom. The one in part shade blooms moderately. By the front door, in full sun and poor soil, I have one that blooms profusely from February until May, and has spread to about 3 feet tall and 6 feet wide. The smell is heavenly for about 20 feet in all directions and makes winter feel like spring. It gets no summer water and doesn't mind at all.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 29, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Reputed to be both hardier and more fragrant than the species daphnes.

Positive GeorgiaJo On Jun 10, 2006, GeorgiaJo from Dallas, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Winter daphne is one of the very few things I like about winter (am no snow-bunny!). Despite reading (after I bought it) that it can be hard to grow, our Daphne has grown into a real show-stopper!

We planted one about 15 years ago, and it is now about 12 feet around and about 5 feet tall. When it blooms (feb-march), you can smell it from 100 yards.

Positive sterhill On Mar 2, 2006, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Atlanta, GA - I bought three small plants last fall and they are all blooming now. I could not resist cutting a flower and bringing it in to admire closeup - then after the blooms had faded I thought "hmmm - put the cutting in a pot under my seed lights?" Now - in just a couple of weeks - I have two very sturdy little plants making nice green growth. Very satisfactory! I plan to do a few more... I have just regular shop lights.

Positive rcn48 On Apr 4, 2005, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Incredible fragrance almost gets lost in our large yard, but still worth it. Long bloom period in early spring and attractive evergreen, glossy foliage are added bonuses for this plant.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Wetumpka, Alabama
Antelope, California
Auberry, California
Castro Valley, California
Chowchilla, California
Granite Bay, California
Los Gatos, California
Petaluma, California
Sacramento, California
San Anselmo, California
Pensacola, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Colbert, Georgia
Conyers, Georgia
Dallas, Georgia
Cary, North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
Kannapolis, North Carolina
Vass, North Carolina
Salem, Oregon
Conway, South Carolina
Inman, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Lexington, Virginia
Mc Lean, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia
Stafford, Virginia
Anacortes, Washington
Quilcene, Washington
Seattle, Washington (2 reports)
Vancouver, Washington

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