The Winter Daphne (Daphne sp.) is an evergreen, slow-growing shrub native to China that grows between 2-5 feet on average. Its foliage is usually lance-shaped, with deep green and cream-colored margins. During winter, clusters of sweet-smelling flowers emerge in shades of pink. The Daphne also produces occasional off-white and white flowers. This plant enjoys full sun, but can also tolerate semi-shade. Winter Daphne plant care calls for moderate water, making them well-suited to low-water garden styles. However, to avoid problems with root rot, it is advised to water this shrub deeply but infrequently.
Winter Daphne can be grown in USDA hardiness zones 6-9. When growing this plant in cold regions, it is best to grow it in a container, as it can be easily brought inside in the winter. The container must also have access to full sun and ample drainage. It is also important to reduce watering in the winter to avoid root rot. This evergreen shrub can also be pruned in the late winter, and pruning should be done properly in order to preserve the natural shape of the shrub. Finally, it is important to note that the Winter Daphne plant is toxic if ingested and so should be kept away from animals and young children.