Can you tell what this is?

Asked June 27, 2020, 12:46 PM EDT

Bush about 2 feet high. I don’t recall it ever booming. Is in heavy shade.

District of Columbia County District of Columbia

5 Responses

This could be a daphne or an azalea. Look at images for both online. The daphne will have a more succulent feel to the leaf, and it is a shinier leaf.

Both flower. The daphne would be fragrant:

Maybe you can give it a bit more sun to stimulate flowers.


Might it be pittosporum? Stunted by the shade?

No, we don't think it looks like Pittosporum. It looks like a variegated azalea. (It also has symptoms of lace bug damage, which is fairly common in azaleas.)


OK, we will label it variegated azalea. We have a daphne elsewhere in our church garden, and it does not look like that. A magnolia shading the azalea is scheduled to come down soon so we may have our final answer at next flowering. Thanks for your help!