Botanical Name: Daphne burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie'
Common Name: Carol Mackie Daphne  
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Water Saving Tip:

Check the soil's moisture level before watering.

You can reduce your water use 20-50% by regularly checking the soil before watering.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Broadleaf Evergreen, Shrub


Height Range



Flower Color

Pink, White


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Grey Green, Yellow, Variegated


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Summer, Fall


Half, Shade



Medium, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Raised Planter, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Carol Mackie daphne is an evergreen to semi-evergreen shrub that reaches 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide, with a rounded, mounded habit, dense and twiggy. Oblong grey-green leaves have a creamy white to yellow margin that gives the shrub an airy quality. Pale pink to white flowers bloom in May and are have a lovely clove-like scent. Small berries appear in late summer and fall; they are poisonous to mammals. It looks great as a foundation plant, in a rock garden, or a shrub border. A well-grown 'Carol Mackie' is a beautiful shrub.
Best grown in rich, sandy-humusy, well-drained soils with a neutral pH in part shade. Consider raised plantings in areas of heavy clay soils to insure good drainage. Benefits from a summer mulch or ground cover which will help keep roots cool (sweet woodruff or ajuga are particularly nice). Best sited in a location protected from winter winds. Daphnes are often slow to establish and are best left undisturbed once planted. Do not shear, but prune selectively if necessary. All parts of the plant are poisonous.