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JASMINUM polyanthum

Image of Jasminum polyanthum

James H. Schutte

Family

Oleaceae

Botanical Name

JASMINUM polyanthum

Plant Common Name

Pink Jasmine

General Description

Prized for its delightfully fragrant flowers, pink jasmine is a fast-growing evergreen vine native to China. It is a popular landscape or houseplant, and the aromatic oil of its flowers is extracted for perfume.

The long, twining stems of this ornamental are woody, angular and clothed with lush, green, feathery compound leaves. These are typically evergreen but may be semi-evergreen in cooler climates. Flowering is heaviest from late winter to spring but can occur sporadically throughout the year, if growing conditions are favorable. Its super fragrant, starry, tubular flowers are borne in big, spidery clusters. They are dark pink in bud and snowy white when fully open. Dark black-blue berries follow the flowers.

Fast-growing and easy to cultivate, pink jasmine is drought tolerant once established and prefers full to partial sun. If grown indoors, bright filtered light is required. It grows best in fertile, well-drained soil and will flower the most vigorously if given occasional applications of water during dry months. Though quite cold sensitive, it will tolerate mild freezing temperatures for short periods. Prune regularly to control the size and shape of this plant.

This twining vine is a perfect choice for planting along fences and pergolas. Grow it near decks, pools and meditation gardens where its pleasant, sweet scent may be fully appreciated.

Jasminum polyanthum was give the Royal Horticulture Society’s Award of Garden Merit in 1993. However, it can be a rampant, aggressive vine. It has escaped from cultivation in many subtropical areas and is considered an invasive species. For more information about the invasiveness of this jasmine go to: http://www.hear.org/gcw/species/jasminum_polyanthum

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vine/Liana

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10'-20' / 3.0m - 6.1m (20)

  • Width

    5'-20' / 1.5m - 6.1m (15)

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Winter, Indeterminate

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Dark Blue, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Screening / Wind Break, Tropical, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No