DAPHNE bholua 'Jacqueline Postill'
Plant Common Name
Himalayan Daphne, Jacqueline Postill Daphne
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In its native eastern Himalayas, people used this species's bark to make paper. To the modern gardener, the Jacqueline Postill daphne supplies an upright-growing silhouette in the garden and very fragrant violet-pink and white flowers. Native to the mid-elevations of the eastern Himalayas in Nepal and western China, this shrub is usually evergreen or nearly so. The branching habit is open and airy. This cultivar was selected as a seedling by Alan Postill of Hillier Nurseries in the United Kingdom in the early 1980s.
The leaves are lance-shaped and satin-glossy dark green. Each blade is leathery in texture. In midwinter to early spring, as the days lengthen, terminal clusters of violet-pink buds grace branch tips above the foliage. The white to pale pink blossoms are sweetly aromatic, and the outsides of the flowers remain violet-pink, just like the flower buds. Following the flowering season, small rounded purplish-black berries develop, but they're rare in cultivation.
Grow 'Jacqueline Postill' in partial shade in a moist, neutral to alkaline soil that is well-drained. An organic-rich loam is ideal, especially if it’s continually cool and moist. Mulch the soil to promote such conditions. Use this upright-growing daphne in a mixed shade border or on the edge of a forest. Its fragrant blooms are nice to enjoy near a building entrance. Avoid root disturbance and pruning this shrub to prevent plant dieback and overall stress. Shelter from drying winds is also a good cultural practice.
AHS Heat Zone
7 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
7 - 9
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
6'-9' / 1.8m - 2.7m
4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m
Spring, Summer, Winter