Jasminum abyssinicum Hochst. ex DC.
Jasminum butaguense, Jasminum fraseri, Jasminum mearnsii, Jasminum rutshuruense, Jasminum ruwenzoriense, Jasminum wittei, Jasminum wyliei
Bloom Time: Fall to spring
Jasminum abyssinicum is a strong to slender woody climber with stems that grow up to 5.2 inches (13 cm) in diameter. Leaves are opposite and trifoliolate. Leaflets are broadly ovate with a distinct drip tip, dark glossy green above, hairless except for pockets of hairs in the axils of the leaves. Flowers are produced at the ends of twigs or in axils of leaves. They are white, tinged with pink on the outside, sweetly scented with a corolla with five or sometimes six elliptic lobes.
USDA hardiness zone 8a to 11b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Jasmine is a fairly flexible plant when it comes to sun and soil. It can flourish in full sun or partial shade, and it can be planted in well-draining sandy loam or considerably clayey garden soil. Jasmine plants should get plenty of sunlight, but they should be kept out of direct mid-day sun if possible. Working compost like moldy leaves into the soil and fertilizing lightly once a year in the spring is helpful. If growing indoors, make sure that Jasmine receives at least 4 hours in a window where it gets full sunlight in the winter.
Because of their fast growth, make sure you space Jasmine bushes out considerably. Plant Jasmine from June to November, with at least 8 feet (2.4 m) of spacing between bushes. For indoor container planting, start in the autumn. Young plants may need support from staking.
Fertilize Jasmine with fertilizer higher in potassium and phosphorus than nitrogen. See more at How to Grow and Care for Jasmine Plants.
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