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Jasmine Jasminum

Description

Jasminium is a genus with over 200 species in the Oleaceae (olive) family.  The plants are native to tropical and subtropical areas and can be either trees, shrubs, or vines; many of the vining types make good container plants.  Members of this genus can be evergreen or deciduous.  Jasmines are most well known for their heady fragranced flowers.  

Jasmines need full sun for optimal health or at least bright light.  Most will need moist, well-drained soil, though some species are somewhat tolerant of dry soils.  While some specimens can grow up to 20 ft, container plants will usually stay at 4-5 ft and are easily pruned to size.  Prune after flowering to ensure good bud set for the next season.

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
J. beesianum, J. nudiflorum, J. officinale, J. x stephanense
Tags:
#evergreen#deciduous#full sun tolerant#fragrant flowers#houseplant#white flowers#shrub#pink flowers#yellow flowers#broadleaf evergreen#bright light#moist soil#well-drained soil#vines#pruning tolerant#container plants#hsc#hsc-fl#tree
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
J. beesianum, J. nudiflorum, J. officinale, J. x stephanense
Tags:
#evergreen#deciduous#full sun tolerant#fragrant flowers#houseplant#white flowers#shrub#pink flowers#yellow flowers#broadleaf evergreen#bright light#moist soil#well-drained soil#vines#pruning tolerant#container plants#hsc#hsc-fl#tree
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Jasminum
    Family:
    Oleaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Shrub
    Tree
    Vine
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    6-feet-12 feet
    12-24 feet
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    Berries that turn black when ripe
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Solitary
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    6 petals/rays
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are usually about 1 inch across, are white. pink, or yellow in color and very fragrant. Flowers are either solitary or in terminal cymose clusters of at least three flowers with 4 to 9 petals. Most are star-shaped with tubular bases. Double-flowered cultivars are available.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Undulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves vary between species; some are odd-pinnate compound and others simple, some are more ovate while others lanceolate, some have entire margins while others are undulate. Most houseplant species have opposite arrangement and entire margins.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants