Jasminum polyanthum

Common Name – Jasminum polyanthum – also known as Pink Jasmine or White Jasmine

Plant Identification

Genus: Jasminum
Family: Oleaceae
Species: J. Polyanthum
Plant type: Creeper
Variety:
Note: Jasminum polyanthum, also known as Pink Jasmine (or White Jasmine), is an evergreen twining climber from China. It produces an abundance of pink flower buds in late winter and early spring, followed by fragrant five-petalled star-like white flowers which are about 2 cm in diameter.

Jasminum polyanthum has compound leaves with 5 to 7 leaflets which are dark green on the upper surface and a lighter green on the lower surface. The terminal leaflet is noticeably larger than the other leaflets. The plant is very vigorous and can grow up to 6 metres in height when supported. Depending on the climate, this vine has a semi-deciduous to evergreen foliage.

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Jasminum Polyanthum

Jasminum Polyanthum

Jasminum Polyanthum

Jasminum Polyanthum

Jasminum Polyanthum

Jasminum Polyanthum

Plant Descriptions

Fruit / flower: 5 petalled, white star like flowers, +/- 2cm wide.
Colour: Buds are pink opening to white
Flowering time: Spring through summer, depending on the climate.
Flower size: 2cm
Fragrance: A strong jasmine scent
Height: Plant can grow to 6 metres in height
Width: Up to 3 metres
Foliage description: It has compound leaves with 5 to 7 leaflets which are dark green on the upper surface and a lighter green on the lower surface.
Habit: Climbing, Twining
Foliage colour: Dark green

Plant Requirements

Light preference: Full sun to light shade although it will flower better in a sunny position.
Watering: Water freely when in growth but keep on the dry side during winter
Temperature: Like full sun
Soil requirements: Well-drained, light, Acidic, Chalky,alkaline
Fertilisation: Feed monthly when in growth
Pruning: Prune out overcrowded growth after flowering.

Other Information

Insects: Aphids, scale insects and mealybugs under glass.
Diseases: Generally disease-free
Propogation: Propagated by seed and by suckers
Other notes: The Royal Horticultural Society has awarded Jasminum Polyanthum its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

References: Wikipedia, Shoot Gardening, BBC Gardening.

About the author: Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

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