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Common Jasmine Jasminum officinale

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Phonetic Spelling
JAZZ-mih-num uh-fiss-ih-NAY-lee
Description

Jasminum officinale is an evergreen vine reaching as much as 40 feet and spreading to as much as 15 feet. This vigorous plant prefers a moist, well-drained, light soil enriched with organic matter, but they tolerate average soil.  Jasmine grows in full sun to partial shade and is drought and pollution tolerant.  The fragrant, pink to white blooms, attractive to both butterflies and hummingbirds, appear on new growth in the spring to the fall; the plant responds well to severe pruning after the blooms fade. This plant is so fragrant that a single jasmine vine can perfume an entire garden or room. This Jasmine is not cold tolerant beyond zone 7, but can be grown as a container plant and brought inside to over-winter. It will require hard pruning and support and occasionally be troubled by indoor plant issues as scale or whitefly.

Play Value: Wildlife Enhancement

Seed: Berry 

 

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See this plant in the following landscape:
Lake Wall Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Affine
  • Aureoviegatum
  • 'Frojas'
Affine , Aureoviegatum , 'Frojas'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#evergreen#deciduous#fragrant flowers#pet friendly#playground#vines#children's garden#pollinator plant#butterfly friendly#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#container plants
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Affine
  • Aureoviegatum
  • 'Frojas'
Affine , Aureoviegatum , 'Frojas'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#evergreen#deciduous#fragrant flowers#pet friendly#playground#vines#children's garden#pollinator plant#butterfly friendly#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#container plants
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Jasminum
    Species:
    officinale
    Family:
    Oleaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Trans caucasus to Southern Central China
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Fragrance
    Climbing Method:
    Twining
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Vine
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    24-60 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 8b, 8a, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit is rarely seen.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Tubular
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Children's Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds