Edgeworthia chrysantha

It’s too bad you don’t have smell-o-vision, but this Daphne-relative provides fabulous color and fragrance right when you need it when it starts blooming in February.  Its glossy green leaves drop in winter, exposing the architectural vivid red stems and fuzzy flower buds.  Plant it against a dark green hedge or solid wall for the best effect, but leave space, since its rounded habit can reach 6′ or more.  Early anecdotes indicate that the shrub will sulk when transplanted, so site it for long-term growth, in a sunny/part-shade well-irrigated location.  Not far from your front door would be a good spot, so you can remember to water it in the summer, and can enjoy its fragrance all winter.


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