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Daphne cneorum ‘Eximia’ (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Daphne cneorum ‘Eximia’ (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

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Zone
Zones 2B, 3-6, 14-17, 31-41
Full SunPartial Sun
Full, Partial
Regular Water
Moderate
Toxicity
All parts, especially fruits, are poisonous if ingested.

Daphne x burkwoodii

Thymelaeaceae
Deciduous, Evergreen, Shrubs, Semi-evergreen

DAPHNE

Although some daphnes are easier to grow than others, all require fast-draining soil and careful summer watering. They are generally more temperamental in California than in the Northwest.

Plants respond to heavy pruning but rarely need more than the occasional snip to correct their shape. Cut back to lateral branches or to just above obvious growth buds. You can cut budded branches of deciduous types for forced bloom indoors.

Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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Daphne x burkwoodii

Erect, compact growth to 3–4 ft. tall and wide, densely foliaged with narrow leaves. Abundant small clusters of fragrant flowers (white fading to pink) appear at branch ends in late spring and again in late summer.

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