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Daphne Odora Aureomarginata

I have a 7+year old Daphne Odora, which has been doing very well.  Bought because of the scent - (out of this world - really something to look forward to in late Jan to March).  It was doing so well that I had to prune it a bit last year to contain it a bit; must have done something wrong, as can be seen from the photo, I now have a thin patch where I pruned.  It's not dead and I think the leaves will come back over the next season.

Looking up how to prune it on RHS website, it says should not really be pruned.  I also think the shrub has been affected somewhat by the hot summer and  sub zero temperatures earlier in the winter. As a matter of interest, it apparently reaches it's full grown size between 7 and 10 years.  Once this size is reached, what happens?  Does it stop growing? Does it just die?  Or are these amateurish questions ...


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,999
    Dunno, mine looks rather like yours! I just prune bits off occasionally if they stray over the path. I believe the max height it about 5ft and presumably it just stops growing. Hope so anyway.
    As you say, the perfume is divine.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • We had one for many many years and then 3 years ago it started to go downhill. We kept hoping it would get going again but it didn't. Daphnes don't last forever but ours did for many decades. A wonderful plant to have in the garden.
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