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Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie'

 
Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie'
Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie'
This photo, taken in mid-August, shows how gorgeous the foliage stays through summer
Family thymelaeaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z5-9)
Flowers pink/white (May)
Size 3-4'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

Many plants stand out because of their variegated foliage - others shine when in bloom. This is one of the rarer ones that have both. The green/white variegated foliage is attractive all season, and the flowers in May are wonderful too. We got this as a small rooted cutting a few years ago, and it's still actively growing, about a foot tall now. The full-sized specimens I've seen are gorgeous - something to look forward to. That is - if ours survives. I made the mistake of transplanting it a year ago - it was too close to a garden path - in mid-autumn. Ever since, the plant has sulked severely, even though its new location was lovingly prepared and well tended all year. So it goes with daphnes, I gather. The main plant died back altogether in the next winter. I was just about to dig and discard it in mid-May, when I noticed a couple of sprouts emerging from below the soil level. One was all-green, so I removed it; but the other had the desired variegation. So I'm hopeful that within a few years we'll have a presentable specimen once again.

Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie'
and in January
Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie'
Its foliage does deteriorate through winter; new growth appears in April
Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie'
In full glory, late April
Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie'
Poor daphne, still barely any leaves a year after transplanting

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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