Daphne

nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,237

I grew this from seed as Daphne acutiloba. It's in its third year and needed planting out. I went to the internet to see what it would like. First thing I read is 'not hardy'. It's been outside for 2 winters now. Then 'is often mistaken for D. longilobata, that seems to be quite a tall one. Does anyone know their daphnes well enough to say which this is? It's evergreen and has put on quite a bit of growth this season so not a slow grower. Daphne tangutica at the same age is much smaller.

I know it's not; tangutica, odora, bhuloa, or Eternal Fragrance. They're the only ones I'm familiar with. Still rather a lot to choose from

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,241

    I don't always trust the "not hardy"  I have had hardy gerberas that are anything but.image

    I grew Acnistus australis which was supposed to be tender but survived  5 years until the _15c frost we had.  One of its offspring had started growing against the house wall. It survived.  Hardy Eucalyptus gunnii all succumbed around here. My Eucalyptus perriniana which is not supposed to be  as hardy survived.

     You won't know until it flowers.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,237

    Thanks fb, Might not be too long a wait. Just about everything you can see is this year's growth

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,241

    I lost my daphne bholua, but I found a seedling 6ft away.  I havn't moved it because every time I have tried to transplant one before, it has died. I might have to move the path, since it is 6 inch away, and the last bush grew to 6ft and a 2ft widthimage

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,237

    That's a wonderful plant, I tried but didn't please it. Friends have a magnificent one i can go and sniff.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,241

    The first one I had was grafted. It grew to 6ft and then the graft failed. The second one was on its own roots. That went in the -15c frost, along with a 20 yr old huge phormium. The phormium rootstock survived and is sending up new shoots, but its going to be a long time before its back to its former glory.

    In full bloom, Daphne Bholua  looks like a giant hyacinth, and scents the entire garden. Actually the seedling i've got doesn't look that dissimilar to yours.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,241

    RHS describes Daphne Bholua Jacqueline Postill as borderline hardy. I would say it ok to -10c

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ...I've got Jacqueline Postill, it's about 5 or 6 foot tall but doesn't flower much...I think I had maybe 5 flowers this Spring.. I've had it 3 years... survived the winters unscathed and I'm in East Anglia... it's growing madly at the moment so I hope to get more flowers this winter otherwise I shall be very disappointed.... I had one on the south coast and it was in full flower in January....

    ...if anyone is tempted to buy the variety called 'Eternal Fragrance'...  [I paid about £35...]... be warned... to get the scent you have to stick your nose into it... I don't get much from just 'passing by'...so to speak...

    'Odora' is supposed to be nice...

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,237

    odora has a wonderful scent but that died on me. The friends with the wonderful bhuloa have a very sheltered town garden and odora does well there too.

    Eternal fragrance isn't much to get excited about I agree Salino. Glad I didn't pay much, £5 or so, it was very small. Much prefer tangutica for scent and making red berries and fertile seeds. EF doesn't look 'lively' though it flowers well enough, just dull looking.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,665

    Mmm, I'm having a think about finding space for a daphne - 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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