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Winter Daphne, Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata'

Common Name: winter daphne

Type: shrub

Family: Thymelaeaceae

Zone: 7 to 9          Find Your Zone

Height: 3 to 4 feet

Width: 2 to 4 feet

Bloom Time: late winter

Bloom Color: pink

Sun exposure: part shade

Soil: pH neutral, well drained, moist, fertile

Leaves: evergreen

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen 

Deer resistant: Yes

Pruning: Prune between April and July

This plant is beautiful but it is very particular with what it wants. Use rich organic matter when amending the soil and add sand if you are in a clay area. If the soil is acidic then put down some Garden Lime as well. Keep this plant out of the full sun, as this can lead to leaf scorch in warmer climates. This plant not only has beautiful variegated evergreen foliage and incredible fragrant flowers, it blooms in the winter, making this plant unique.

Daphne x burkwoodii is also a great option for fragrant flowers.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cypress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2015-09-13T15:39:25+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL