Burkwood's daphne is a semi-evergreen shrub for sandy, well-drained soils. The wide-spreading, 3- to 4-foot high shrub is grown for its extremely fragrant flower clusters in May. This plant will suffer in cold winters and should be located in a protected site. The cultivar 'Carol Mackie' is a popular variegated form. May be difficult to find in local nurseries.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Mixed border,
- Small shrub (3-5 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Moist, well-drained soil,
- Sandy soil
Season of Interest:
- Early spring,
- Early summer,
- Mid summer
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size & Form
A semi-evergreen, fragrant shrub growing 3-4 feet high with a compact, rounded, wide spreading habit.
Tree & Plant Care
Requires full sun in an extremely well-drained, sandy soil.
Short-lived in clay soil because of water retention.
Water well in dry periods.
Best planted in spring in a protected site out of wind.
Winter protect in cold climates.
Disease, pests, and problems
Leaf spots, crown rots, cankers, wilt, wet soil
Native geographic location and habitat
A cross between Caucasian daphne (Daphne caucasica) and (D. cneorum), originating in England.
Bark color and texture
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Gray-green, 2-inch long leaves persist well into December.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Fragrant clusters of pale pink flowers in late spring.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Tiny 1/3" wide red drupes in fall.
Cultivars and their differences
Carol Mackie Burkwood's Daphne (Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie'): Best known for its variegated foliage, dense mounded habit growing 2-3 feet tall. Pale pink flowers are extrememly fragrant.