When the weather is cold and bleak the attractive arching green stems of winter jasmine promise one of the first harbingers of spring; bright yellow flowers borne about a month before forsythia. A native of northern China, winter jasmine is a very versatile plant that can be grown as a ground cover, on a trellis or wall, cascading down a slope, or as a bonsai. When the glossy green leaves appear after the flowers, the plant adds a fine texture to the garden.

Type: Deciduous shrub.

Outstanding Feature: Yellow flowers in winter to early spring.

Form: Mound.

Growth Rate: Rapid.

Bloom: Bright yellow funnel-shaped flowers 1” wide in winter to early spring.

Size: 6-15’ H x 6-10’ W.

Light: Full sun to partial shade but blooms best in full sun; does poorly against an east-facing wall.

Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained sandy loam but tolerates much less.

Hardiness: Zones 6-9.

Care: Prune to shape after flowering; cut back to 18-14” to rejuvenate.

Pests and Diseases: No serious problems but susceptible to root rot, fungal and bacterial spots, a variety of viruses, aphids, scale insects, Japanese beetles and mealy bugs.

Propagation: Cuttings any time but semi-ripe cuttings in summer or layering in autumn is most effective. Plants may also be grown from seed or division of clumps.

Interesting Selections: ‘Aureum’ (yellow blotches on leaves; ‘Nanum’ (slow growing, dwarf)

Comments: Moderately drought tolerant.

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By Karen