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Paper Daphne

Daphne Bholua Jacqueline Postill

See it in the Pinewoods and Rock Garden.

One of those plants that is ignored for most of the year other then perhaps, to wonder why it was planted as it is a truly unremarkable looking evergreen shrub. However, stumble across it in the winter and you understand its garden value - sweetly scented flowers.

Introduced into the UK in 1771, Paper Daphne's originate from the Himalayas, from Nepal through Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Vietnam, and into north-west Yunnan in China.

The common name paper Daphne comes from the use of its inner bark in the manufacture of lokta paper in Nepal. Lokta is the common Nepalese name given to the two species of Daphne - Daphne bholua and Daphne papyracea used in this handcrafted paper which has been produce in Nepal for several thousands of years.

The plants at Ness are not the wild Daphne bholua but a much better scented variety called Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill'. This variety was introduced in 1982 by Alan Postill of Hillier Nurseries and named after his wife.

'Jacqueline Postill' is easy to grow in most soils (avoiding those that are very wet or dry) in any sheltered spot either in full sun or partial shade. Assuming ideal growing conditions plants will grow to around 2 metres in 10-15 years. They are generally pest and disease free and require no pruning.


AGM LogoAGM  (Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit).  This award indicates that this plant is recommended by the RHS following plant trials during which the plant met strict criteria testing its garden worthiness.  More information