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Daphne x burkwoodii

'Briggs Moonlight'

Briggs Moonlight Daphne

Origin:  Introduced first by Briggs Nursery in Elma, Washington. It was discovered as a sport of another popular Daphne x burkwoodii cultivar known as Carol Mackie and was successfully propagated from it as a sport.
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With its intense, visually pleasing foliage and the wonderful aroma produced by its umbels of flowers, Briggs Moonlight Daphne is a welcome and interesting specimen for many landscape situations. It can at times be somewhat of a challenge to grow due to its low tolerance to stress, however, it is well worth any potential aggravation in its cultivation since it is truly a 'class' plant.

Michael Pascoe, NDP., ODH., CLT., MSc. (Plant Conservation)


x burkwoodii
'Briggs Moonlight'
Shrub (deciduous), Shrub (evergreen)
USDA Hardiness Zone
Canadian Hardiness Zone
Temperature (°C)
Temperature (°F)
0.2-1.5 m
1-1.5 m
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
General Description
A dense yet uniformly growing shrub. The height is often equal to the spread creating a round mounded form.
'Briggs Moonlight' Daphne can be planted as an informal hedge or in a mixed shrub border. It also works well planted as a specimen or focal point due to its very pronounced scent, possibly near a patio or entrance point.
Grows best with full sun or partial shade. Prefers a moist, slightly acidic, well drained soil that's fertility is average to high. Regular pruning is rarely required however to maintain natural growth, flowering stems should be cut back to the main branches. It should not be moved or disturbed after planting because of the high risk of death due to stress. Mulching should be considered to cool shallow roots.
A dense shrub with a round, mounded form.
ID Characteristic
Known for its striking variegated ivory and green foliage as well as its clusters of white fragrant flowers.
Susceptible to aphids, scale insects, twig blight and leaf spot.
Horticultural origin.
Bark/Stem Description
Tan colour bark sometimes verging on light grey. It has a smooth to medium texture in all seasons although in winter it may appear to look more rugged.
Flower/Leaf Bud Description
Buds are ovoid in shape usually with anywhere from 4 -6 bud scales.
Leaf Description
Variegated leaves with light yellow centers and slender, deep green margins, usually holding their colour well into colder weather. It can be semi-evergreen or fully deciduous depending on the zone..
Flower Description
White to pale pink in colour and extremely fragrant. Blooms in clusters of 10-50. Umbels are usually 5 cm in diameter.
Fruit Description
There are no documented cases of Briggs Moonlight or other cultivars of Daphne burkwoodii producing fruit.
Colour Description
The intense leaf variegation with its ivory yellow centers and deep green margins produce a stunning contrast, while its umbels of white flowers provide just the right amount of balanced interest. The foliage usually keeps its signature variegated colours well into the colder months depending on its zone.
Texture Description
Smooth textured foliage with fine to medium textured stems that are rounded to four sided.
Notable Specimens
Royal Botanical Gardens. Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
Softwood cuttings can be taken in early to mid- summer and treated with rooting hormone for best results. Excessive moisture should be avoided in the rooting medium. Another consideration would be to use a plastic covered frame with shade cloth to increase the success rate. Because of its low tolerance to stress, pest and virus free cloning stock is a must.