The Q&A Archives: Winter Daphne

Question: My Daphne are very leggy and bunched on top. They fall over with the weight of the new leaves. They were planted last spring so are new to my garden. Should I prune way back or will they eventually get thicker?

Answer: Daphne odora, or Winter Daphne grows to about 4' in height (sometimes higher in perfect locations). You can carefully prune after flowering by cutting to outfacing buds to promote spreading, or to infacing buds to promote upward growth. Just as a general rule of thumb, never prune more than one-third of the live plant material off in any one year. Daphne's are wonderful plants here in the Pacific Northwest!

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