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Arabian Jasmine

 

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Common Name: Arabian jasmine

Family: Oleaceae
Native Range: Tropical Asia
Height: 4.00 to 5.00 feet
Spread: 4.00 to 5.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to August
Bloom Description: White
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Other: Winter Interest

Description

Arabian jasmine is a bushy vine or scrambling shrub with shiny dark green leaves and widely grown throughout the tropics as an ornamental plant and for its strongly scented flowers. Some of the evergreen leaves are in whorls of three and others are in opposite pairs. The long, angular shoots twist and twine as they clamber and sprawl over and through any support they can find. The waxy snow white flowers are about 1 in (2.5 cm) across, borne in clusters of 3-12, and intensely fragrant. They fade to pink as they age.

Culture:

  • Plant jasmine in late spring or summer. Arabian jasmine likes full sun to partial shade.
  • Pull weeds in the area around the jasmine. Spread a 2-inch layer of mulch around the plant to keep weeds down and water in.
  • Apply an all-purpose, water-soluble fertilizer every spring according to the manufacturer's instructions. If the leaves turn yellow during the growing season, feed the plant again.
  • Water until the soil is moist, but don't drown the plant. Jasmine won't do well if its roots are standing in water.
  • If the plant is getting too large, prune it to the desired shape after it has finished blooming.