Jasminum abyssinicum (Forest Jasmine)

Scientific Name

Jasminum abyssinicum Hochst. ex DC.

Common Names

Forest Jasmine


Jasminum butaguense, Jasminum fraseri, Jasminum mearnsii, Jasminum rutshuruense, Jasminum ruwenzoriense, Jasminum wittei, Jasminum wyliei

Scientific Classification

Family: Oleaceae
Tribe: Jasmineae
Genus: Jasminum


Color: White
Bloom Time: Fall to spring


Jasminum abyssinicum is a strong to slender woody climber with stems that can be robust up to 5.2 inches (13 cm) in diameter. The leaves are opposite and trifoliolate. The 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. The flowers are produced at the ends twigs or in axils of leaves. They are white, tinged with pink on the outside, sweetly scented with a corolla with 5 or sometimes 6 elliptic lobes.

Jasminum abyssinicum (Forest Jasmine)
Photo via zimbabweflora.co.zw


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 sun, 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


It is native to Africa from Ethiopia to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


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