Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill'

9cm pot £24.99
available to order from spring
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' daphne: Clusters of scented, deep pink flowers in January

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing
  • Flowering period: January to February
  • Hardiness: borderline hardy (may need winter protection)

    Clusters of small, sweetly scented, deep pink buds open in January and February and are followed by rounded, purple-black berries. This choice semi-evergreen shrub thrives in a sunny, sheltered position. This plant is very hard to propagate and slow growing, but well worth the patience and investment. Try it in a mixed or winter border or next to a path where its fragrance can be appreciated. Strongly upright in habit, it looks wonderful under-planted with a carpet of magenta or white Cyclamen coum.

  • Garden care: Keep pruning to a minimum since the plant is very susceptible to die-back. Where necessary after flowering, lightly trim back to remove misplaced branches and maintain a compact habit.

  • CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin irritant

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fragrance in spring divine


plant it where you can enjoy the perfume but it is not the most beautiful of plants!




Really good plant, it's a slow grower but has done well


Wonderful plant has done well, it's a slow growing plant that comes with the species but this plant has done really well and is very strong now. Takes years to reach any sort of decent size or flower but that's just the way it goes. Buy a different shrub if you need something quicker this is more of a show stopper




Beautiful spring heavily scented plant


Healthy plant. Flowered second year.




I would buy this product again if I needed another one


This is planted in one of the flower beds


East Sussex


Fantastic Plant


Superb present.Now bought two for family.The best Daphne by a mile,well grown, a good size and delivered safely.




Promised beauty and fragrance awaited


This plant seemed rather small and although it was planted as instructed it seems not to have grown much since then.




I would buy this product again


Use =shrub border Very good value




Wait and see


The plant has been very slow growing .I took advice on where to plant it and kept it free of competition from other plants. It hasn't flowered this year.However I have since heard that they are very slow growing so I will be patient.



A future investment


I bought this shrub having been enchanted by the intoxicating scent of a large specimen that lives in the Botanic Gardens at Durham University. I had looked previously and all plants were about £30. This was a half price offer at £15 so I took the plunge. The plant arrived safely thanks to Crocus' excellent packaging and it is healthy although a very small grafted specimen. This year I am looking forward to it putting on good growth.

Northumberland Gardener



I would have preferred better-established plants


I have long wanted to acquire plants of Daphne Bholua 'Jacqueline Postill', which is not easy to come by. It is reputedly one of the very best of the Daphnes, with an astonishing fragrance. It is, however, apparently hard to propagate, which perhaps explains why the two plants that arrived were quite expensive and quite small. They have struggled to establish, and one of them has not grown at all, while the other has put on about nine inches of growth. If I were to start again, I think I would not buy these via mail order but would find a specialist nursery and go to look at the plants before buying.


East Sussex



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Is Jaqueline Postil suitable for container growing?


Hello, It is possible to grow this in a large pot for a couple of years, provided it is kept well fed and watered, however it would much prefer being planted out in the ground.


what depth of soil is the minimum Jacqueline Postill can survive in? have a perfectly aspected border but quite shallow soil - cannot dig out as drains run underneath


Hello, I would not recommend this for shallow soils as they can get quite large and they do like to have a generous root run.


Hello Is it possible to propagate Dapne bholua "Jacqueline Postill" from cuttings? Thanks


Hello, This Daphne is usually propagated by grafting or micropropagation as cuttings do not usually take.


Winter flowering shrubs and climbers to plant with new hedge Hello, I have newly planted a hedge (made up from Hornbeam, Rosa rugosa, Blackthorn, Cornus, Hawthorn and Hazel) about 50ft long. I have been told that if I was to plant amongst the hedge some winter flowering Clematis such as 'Wisley Cream' it would give some nice colour these bleak winter months when the hedge is bare of foliage. The hedge is south facing and although the ground is ???good??? heavy Cambridgeshire clay the hedge has been planted in a trench back filled with leaf mulch, chipped wood and spent peat. Although I have said about in-planting Clematis in the hedge, I am open to other plant suggestions if you have any. Regards Terry

Terry Allum

Hello Terry, If you click on the following link it will take you to all our winter flowering climbers - of which the Jasminum is tougher and more like a shrub. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.204/ Alternatively, this link will take you to all our winter flowering shrubs. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/plcid.1/vid.204/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

Daphne bholua Jacqueline Postill Hi I bought a Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' from you last Autumn. It is planted in a large pot which is positioned in a sunny spot. The leaves sometimes turn yellow and fall off leaving gaps on the stem. Can you help me- I have to grow all my plants in pots. Gillian

Gillian Armstrong

Hello again Gill, These plants will thrive in full sun or partial shade i moderately fertile, well-drained, humus-rich soil. I am not sure what size pot you have it in, but perhaps it needs a larger one filled with John Innes No 2 compost. Best regards, Helen Plant Doctor

Gillian Armstrong

Hello Gill, If there are a lot of leaves turning yellow, then this is usually a sign that the plants is stressed in some way. This can be caused by too much or too little water, too much fertiliser or other chemicals in the soil. I'm afraid I would not been able to pinpoint the exact cause of your leaf yellowing, but if you can alter the growing conditions, then you should gradually see an improvement. If however it is just the odd leaf, then this is completely normal as it will shed older leaves when new grow replaces it (it is just like us with our hair) I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

Hi Helen Could you advise what would be the best conditions? Should I try to take it out of the pot? if so when? Thank you for your help.

Crocus Helpdesk

How big is your Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill'? I'm wondering how big your Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' are...


These are sold in a 2lt pot and will be around 30cm tall.


What soil does my Daphne need? Please could you tell me if the Daphne needs an acid soil?

Diane George

All Daphnes prefer humus-rich, well-drained soil that is slightly alkaline to slightly acid. They also like their roots to be kept cool so its a good idea to mulch around the base of the plant with leaf mould.


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