Sunday, March 10, 2013

Winter Jasmine

This week the Winter Jasmine is in Bloom, that’s right you heard me correctly IN BLOOM!  It started blooming back in February. If you’re unfamiliar with Winter Jasmine you will definitely do a double take when you see it in flower in the garden outdoors in February and March when we still have freezing temperatures at night.

Winter Jasmine (Jasminium nudiflorum) grows as a thin stemmed deciduous shrub that is native to China. It can grow 8’ – 10’ tall and wider but is more typically 2’ – 3’ tall and wide. Leafless stems remain green through winter.
As its name suggests, Winter Jasmine flowers in late winter in Los Lunas at the nursery, both in pots and where planted on the grounds.
The species name nudiflorum translates to naked flower and is aptly named as bright its bright yellow flowers appear on naked (leafless) green stems.

Winter Jasmine is valued as a small shrub or light ground cover shrub that flowers when all other plants are dormant in winter. It does very well as an understory plant that receives some shade during the day. Winter Jasmine provides winter color and hope that spring is soon to come.

Trees That Please Nursery has Winter Jasmine available in 5 gallon containers.

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

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