Daphne × burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’

variegated hybrid daphne

Outstanding Qualities

Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie' is an easy-to-grow daphne. Its fragrant, white flowers open in May from pink buds. Its leaves are green with a cream-colored margined so foliage and look pretty througout the year. Consider such companions as black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'), star of Persia (Allium cristophii) and Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Gracilis'.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: dark green, black

Great Color Partners: cream, purple, pink

Culture Notes

This daphne will perform well in sandy or well-drained soil with full sun to light shade. Once established it will only need occasional summer watering. Daphnes do not like to be transplanted and often sulk in containers. Expect plants to be slow the first year or two in the garden but to grow more robustly thereafter. These are generally short lived plants that maintain a nice habit for 10 to 20 years and then need replacement. Growing them with limited fertilizer and in a sunny location can prolong their lives. This daphne is semi-evergreen, but can drop all of its foliage after a cold snap. It will fully leaf out again in the spring. The naturally dense, twiggy habit requires little pruning.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering