Daphne odora 'Zuiko Nishiki'

winter daphne

Evergreen Shrub

"Excellent all green form of Winter Daphne with dark pink buds that open to softer pink insanely fragrant flowers from January to April. One of the larger growing cultivars 4′ x 4′ in 6 years. Excellent in part shade to shade, including dry shade, where it will continue its fabulous bloom. ‘Zuiko Nishiki’ is known for superior cold hardiness as well, taking temperatures to 0ºF with little harm. This is a great cultivar for colder gardens. Moderate rate of growth about 10″ per year. Supremely deer resistant evergreen shrub that will never be bothered. Prune if needed very lightly after blooming has ended. Regular water to establish then very drought tolerant. Loves clay soils that dry in summer. Irrigate only when very dry. This increases the flower bud set for the following year. The sweet lemon fragrance fills the air for months. Somewhat formal appearance out of bloom."—Xera Plants

Growing Conditions

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low, Low Water / No Water, Occasional


Size: 30 - 48 tall x 30 - 48 wide
Shape / Form: Rounded
Foliage Texture: Medium
Foliage Quality: Medium

Features: Attractive Foliage, Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Fragrant, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest, Year-round Interest

Foliage Color: Green

Flower Color: White, Ivory / Cream, Pink
Bloom Season: Late Winter / Early Spring, Spring, Winter
Flower Shape: Cluster

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Mixed Border, Small Gardens, Specimen, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Deer Resistant, Dry Shade, Low Water / No Water, Once-a-Year Maintenance
Wildlife: Deer Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Winter, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Year-round Interest, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: mid-plane filler, back drop
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

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