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Daphne odora

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
DAF-nee oh-DOH-rah
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Evergreen, densely-branched shrub with alternate, simple leaves; flowers rose-purple or white, fragrant. Sun to partial shade in moist, well-drained soil; needs excellent drainage.

Tends to be short-lived. This plant is moderately salt tolerant.

HIGHLY TOXIC MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!

Quick ID Hints:

  • Leaves coriaceous, alternate, crowded, look whorled
  • Evergreen shrub with shiny dark green leaves
  • Fragrant terminal 1" cymes in winter
  • Salverform, cream to purplish flowers w/4 lobes 

Evergreen shrub to 6 1/2', dense and mounded. 

Blooms in mid to late winter; fruits are rarely seen; variegants have a dark green center leaf; shiny, dense, evergreen foliage is nice year round; used as foundation, specimen and in containers; Daphne is poisonous - watch children, pets. 

Intolerant drought; needs moisture and prefers partial shade; relatively pest/disease-free.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Variegata'
    Yellow leaf margins
Tags:
#evergreen#poisonous#fragrant flowers#shrub#container plant#salt tolerant#cpp#winter flowers#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Variegata'
    Yellow leaf margins
Tags:
#evergreen#poisonous#fragrant flowers#shrub#container plant#salt tolerant#cpp#winter flowers#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Daphne
    Species:
    odora
    Family:
    Thymelaeaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South China to Vietnam and Taiwan
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Moderately salt tolerant.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Mounding
    Rounded
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Description:
    Seldom produces fruit. A fleshy drupe, red.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Description:
    Rosy purple buds open rose pink; flowers in late winter to early spring; fragrant. A cyme, terminal, to 1". (5-10) creamy white to purplish, fragrant, salverform, to 1/4"; calyx a cylindrical fleshy tube with 4 spreading lobes; petals 0.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cuneate
    Elliptical
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, simple, leathery, shiny, dark green leaves; 2-3" long; pointed and tapered at each end. Elliptic-oblong, acute, cuneate, entire, coriaceous, shiny.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Few, erect.
  • Landscape:
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Salt
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    Unknown, but possibly as in D. mezereum
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Unknown, suspected to be a diterpenoid (mezerein)
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Seeds
    Stems