Evergreen Shrubs under 4 ft.

Landscape Significance

Because of its wonderful fragrance, Daphne should be planted where people can sense its presence. 

Winter Daphne (Daphne odora)
This photo was taken at Hyams Garden Center, Charleston, SC.

Native to China, Daphne odora is considered an aristocrat of southern shrubs.  This densely branched, mounded evergreen produces terminal clusters of highly fragrant small flowers in late January and February through March.

This plant grows well in acidic, well drained soil in part-shade, but will tolerate full sun in the Piedmont.  It is subject to crown gall and root-knot nematode.

Identifying characteristics

Leaves are alternate, simple, leathery, shiny dark green from 1.5 to 3.5" long; pointed and tapered at each end. Flowers range in color from rosy-purple to white and leaf margins range from white to green. This shrub reaches 3' by 3'.