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PlantFiles: Burkwood Daphne
Daphne x burkwoodii 'Brigg's Moonlight'

Family: Thymelaeaceae
Genus: Daphne (DAF-nee) (Info)
Species: x burkwoodii (berk-WOOD-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Brigg's Moonlight

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
6 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Feb 7, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This cultivar is notoriously lacking in vigor, presumably because of the lack of chlorophyll in the highly variegated leaves. It has a reputation for miffiness and for reluctance to bloom. I don't believe it's a matter of winter hardiness.

In eastern N. America, this may have trouble south of Z6/7, where summers are hot and humid, and night temperatures often remain above 70F.

All daphnes tend to be short-lived, and this one has a shorter lifespan than most.

All daphnes require excellent drainage.

Positive Desmosthenes On Mar 28, 2012, Desmosthenes from Westfield, IN wrote:

So far so good, planted last spring and it is showing good growth this year. Hard to judge as it was a very mild winter. For now, it is blooming and showing sign that of being established. Planted in a south location with wall protection from the West.

Neutral patienceplus On Nov 22, 2011, patienceplus from Voluntown, CT wrote:

I live in US plant zone 6, Eastern CT. I purchased two 'Brigg's Moonlights'. This was four years ago. They were about 4" tall. They are planted in the open but receive some afternoon filtered shade from my cosmos garden. They are now 13" & 14" tall with an upright growth as opposed to my other daphne's with their global growth.
They are healthy. I had no idea of their very slow growth. They have not flowered yet as opposed to my other daphnes that were busy blooming when they were 6" tall. I am hopeful that they will begin to show more vigorous growth over then few years.
Is this common?

Neutral HydroPinke On Aug 17, 2011, HydroPinke from Burien, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

uggggh, I have killed this plant 3 times now. if you know a secret please tell us!

Neutral iagoo On May 9, 2011, iagoo from Denver, CO wrote:

Positive rkwright85 On Jun 22, 2010, rkwright85 from Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I don't know many people who have kept this daphne alive for very long but it's nice while it lasts. I knew of one plant that survived a long time and it's definitely hardy here in zone 5. It will burn in full sun and should be planted in a sheltered area (not exposed to wind and if in zone 5, probably best to plant near home or sheltered by evergreens). It does not flower as freely as other daphnes but a little fertilizer can help. Like any daphne, a very well-drained soil is an absolute must if you want to keep it alive long.

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

The Burkwood Daphnes came from a cross between D. cneorum and D. caucasica. A sport from Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie', D. 'Brigg's Moonlight' was found amidst a multitude of cuttings at Briggs Wholesale Nursery in Olympia, Washington.

Some sources list it hardy to zone 5- and even 4.

Neutral Todd_Boland On Nov 23, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

As a foliage plant, 'Brigg's Moonlight' is wonderful. It has the reverse variegation to 'Carol Mackie'; the margins are green while the centre of the leaf is cream. With the pink flowers, stunning. The problem is, the plant is tempermental. It is not nearly as hardy as the other cultivars of Burkwood Daphne (zone 5 for others, zone 7 to be safe with 'Brigg's Moonlight').


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

San Anselmo, California
East Haddam, Connecticut
Voluntown, Connecticut
Westfield, Indiana
Dracut, Massachusetts
Horton, Michigan
Campbell Hall, New York
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Vancouver, Washington

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