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Daphne odora Rebecca Hewreb


Striking variegated foliage and highly scented flowers in very early spring

This amazing shrub will bring colour to the garden all year round with its handsome, olive green, glossy leaves that have a wide golden edge. The highlight is from late winter to late spring when the pointed pink buds unfurl to creamy white flower clusters which have a powerful, sweet scent. Cut a few sprigs to bring indoors and they will scent a room.


Choose your site carefully - full sun and shelter from cold winds is best and plant near a path or in a large container where the flowers and scent can be appreciated.


Best in good well drained soil. Water occasionally in prolonged dry spells. Daphne's like cool roots so mulch around the base of the plant each spring and autumn with bark chippings. Use ericaceous compost if growing in a container.

Daphne 'Rebecca' was introduced by an English nurseryman - Steven Watson from Devon.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - July
Season of interest Winter
Flowering January - March
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 125 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 125 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous CAUTION Toxic if eaten,Skin irritant
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 45 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Patio container, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From March to July