Daphne is the lilac of winter. An unassuming shrub in foliage and form, yet unsurpassed in fragrance. A fragrance in February is not forgotten. A fragrance of flowers and bees, of sunshine and smiles, a fresh, floral, flowery feast. With insects in short supply during the cold winter months, Daphne seeks them out with its potent scent. To ensure pollination, it produces a potion that seems to have magical qualities. Every time I walk by I lean in. I turn slightly. I hesitate. I slow down. I change my pace. I can’t help myself as I bury my nose in those rosy posies! On a recent walk through the Washington Park Arboretum I was stopped in my tracks by this Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill. I really like the structure of this daphne, almost tree-like. With its shiny deep green leaves and reddish bark, I think Daphne bholua is a stand-out shrub.
Just the Facts
Evergreen to Semi-Evergreen
Zones 7, 8 Native to Himalaya
February-March Bloom, Fragrance Magnificient!
Upright habit, 6-10 ft. high (2-3m)
Extremely well-drained soil
Lime-based Soil Mix