Daphne odora ‘Maejima’

(Maejima, Winter Daphne)


Hardiness Zones:

 7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Daphne odora, commonly called winter daphne because of its late winter flowers, is a broadleaf evergreen shrub that is native to China and Japan. It typically grows to 3-4′ tall and to 3-4′ wide. It features intensely fragrant reddish-purple flowers with pale pink to white insides in terminal inflorescences. Flowers bloom in late January to March in USDA Zones 8-9, but in March-April in USDA Zone 7. Maejima is a semi-dwarf selection with exceptional foliage. Profuse, fragrant dark pink blooms are stunning in contrast to rich green and yellow variegated leaves. This deer-resistant winter bloomer makes a superb foundation planting or border addition. Drought tolerant when established.

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This daphne is only winter hardy to about 10 degrees F. Where winter hardy, this shrub is best grown in moist, rich, sandy-humusy, well-drained soils with a neutral pH in part shade. Avoid full sun (leaves will scorch) in hot summer climates. Plants grow well in Mediterranean-type conditions, but struggle in midwestern areas which have hot summers and cold winters. Sharp soil drainage is essential. Consider raised plantings in areas of heavy clay soils to insure good drainage. Winter root mulch is advisable. Do not allow soils to dry out. Established plants have some drought tolerance, but dry soils may reduce summer bloom. Daphnes are often slow to establish and are best left undisturbed once planted.

Additional information

Common Name

Maejima, Winter Daphne

Botanical Name

Daphne odora 'Maejima'


2 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun


to 4 ft.


to 4 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

Late winter

Flower Color

purple pink



Foliage Color

Green with gold edge

Deer Resistant


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