Chinese JasmineJasminum polyanthum
|Size||12' to 15'|
|Exposure||Full Sun to Light Shade|
The fast-growing, tropical evergreen climbs to heights of twelve to fifteen feet or more with fine-textured, deep green foliage with five to seven leaflets and slender, twining, woody stems. The underside of its leaves is a lighter green. It produces lightly scented, delicate, white-petaled, tubular blossoms in clusters with emerging pink buds. When the flowers open they are star-shaped and pure white. Blossoms appear in early spring and bloom prolifically until the hot weather. This vine does best on east- or north-facing walls rather than on fences or on free-standing vine frames. Use it on a trellis, wall, or arbor, or train its twining branches along a roof or eave of the house. It can also be used as a groundcover plant, or in containers for tropical effects. It is native to western and southern China.
It handles full sun but prefers some light shade and will burn with reflected heat. Plant it in rich, well-draining, moist soil and provide weekly irrigation to ensure lush growth. However, do not over-water this plant. Apply light applications of ammonium phosphate fertilizer in early spring. This vigorous growing vine should be lightly pruned after flowering to keep the plants thinned and shaped. The winter jasmine is hardy to twenty degrees Fahrenheit and is low-maintenance.