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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, 3-9, 14-17
Full SunPartial Sun
Full, Partial
Regular Water
Moderate
Toxicity
All parts, especially fruits, are poisonous if ingested.

Daphne x transatlantica

Thymelaeaceae
Deciduous, 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 transatlantica ‘Eternal Fragrance’ (photo courtesy of PlantHaven International, Inc.)
Daphne x transatlantica ‘Eternal Fragrance’ (photo courtesy of PlantHaven International, Inc.)

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Daphne x transatlantica

Slow, mounded growth to 3–4 ft. tall and 5–6 ft. wide. Small gray-green leaves. Very fragrant, pink-flushed white flowers bloom over a long season, from spring to fall. Produces the most blooms in full sun but can take part shade.

‘Eternal Fragrance’ is an improved form more available than the species.

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