Jasminum nudiflorum (winter flowering jasmine)

Jasminum nudiflorum flowers
winter flowering jasmine

General Name: winter jasmine
Genus: Jasminum
Species/Cultivar: nudiflorum
Family: Oleaceae
Foliage: Flowers:
Flowering Period: November to February

Description

A medium-sized deciduous wall shrub with long, arching branches. Its bright yellow star-shaped flowers appear abundance on bare green branches throughout the winter. Although a welcome sight in winter the flowers lack the fragrance of its summer flowering cousins.

Characteristics

  • Habit: clump-forming, with long arching stems.
  • Type: medium-sized shrub.
  • Leaves: deciduous, small, trifoliate green leaves.
  • Flowers: small (1in, 2.5cm), six petal, solitary, bright yellow in winter/spring.
  • Eventual Height: 7ft (2.5m)
  • Spread: 7ft (2.5m)
  • Conditions: full sun or partial shade. Any aspect in a sheltered location. Flowers best in an east, south or south-west facing aspect.
  • Hardiness in UK: hardy in most areas of the UK.
  • Soil Requirements: any good, free draining garden soil (sandy, loam, chalk or clay). Any pH.
  • Origin: Northern China.

Planting Context

Back of the border, wall shrub or ground cover. Although not a true climber it can easily be trained up any substantial solid support, such as a wall or pergola, using wires or trellis.

Planting and Care

Easy to grow. Thrives on all soil types so long as it is well-drained.

Choose a sunny sheltered position. Although it will tollerate shade for part of the day.

Soak the root ball well before planting. Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Back-fill with a planting mixture of equal parts soil and soil improver/compost. Water thoroughly.

Aftercare

Water thoroughly during dry weather until well established. Mulch with organic matter in spring and add a general fertilizer such as bonemeal.

Pruning

Prune after flowering. Trim any unwanted long growths back to a main stem to encourage more flowering shoots. Note: next winter's flowers are borne on new shoots produced during the current year. Overgrown plants can be pruned back hard to regenerate them.

Pests and Diseases

Generally disease free. Aphids and mealybugs may affect young growth.

Propagation

Layer low lying branches or strike semi-hardwood cuttings in a cold frame in early summer. Alternatively, propagate from hardwood cuttings in November.