Daphnes are small shrubs that grow in part shade and are noted for very fragrant flowers. They generally bloom in the winter when few other shrubs are blooming.


img_0043Daphne odora ‘Aureo-marginata’



Daphne odora ‘Maejima’

This is an example of how the nursery trade produces a new variety. A plant with green leaves like this Daphne all of a sudden produces a branch with different leaves. The branch is allowed to grow and cuttings are made from this branch. The cuttings are rooted in a greenhouse and over a period of 5-10 years more plants are propagated and eventually put on the market.

Daphne ‘Summer Ice’

Daphne ‘Eternal Fragrance’ blooms in May & June.

Daphne odora ‘Alba’  This is a variety with white flowers and green leaves. Blooms in February & March.

This shows the size of a Daphne odora ‘Aureo-marginata ‘ that is about 10 years old – 3′ wide and 2’ tall.

Daphne odora ‘Zuiko Nishiki’ is a green leaved variety from Japan.

Daphne odora ‘Moonlight Parfait’

Daphne odora ‘Rebecca’

Daphne burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’



Daphne ‘Gwenka’ is one of the few Daphnes that is not fragrant. It is a deciduous shrub. This picture was taken in Japan.

The Paper Bush (Edgeworthia chrysantha) is in the same family as Daphne and it blooms at the same time – January – March. It is also fragrant.

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