Winter Flowering Jasmine
Winter Jasmine (Jasminum Nudiflorum) is a glorious climber which as the name suggests flowers in winter - from December until March - on bare wood. Well grown, it can be so covered in yellow blooms that the slim green stems are almost invisible. The flowers are followed by pinnate dark green leaves on delicate arching stems. Jasmine prefers soil rich in organic matter that is just either side of neutral, moist and free-draining. It prefers sun or partial shade but it is fully hardy and easy to grow but will need the support of wires or trellis to climb.
Great for your garden:
Jasminum 'Nudiflorum' is the perfect climbing plant to brighten up a dull corner in winter. It can be used as a deciduous climber, with the support of vine eyes and wires or trellis, or allowed to scramble over low walls and stumps. The graceful arching stems are bright green all year round and the flowers, which bloom from December until March, are a pretty bright yellow.
It will grow in sun or partial shade and is seen to perfection if grown with other spring flowering bulbs and plants or as a specimen where its myriad tiny flowers can shine.
Jasminum 'Nudiflorum' characteristics.
- Deciduous arching stems
- Medium growth to 8' at maturity
- Introduced from China in 1844 and naturalized in France
- Delightful bright, yellow flowers on bare stems
- Full hardy to -15c
- Can be seen at the RHS garden, Hyde Hall
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
Look out for:
Very little - Jasminum 'Nudiflorum' is very hardy and healthy and rarely causes any problems.
About Winter Flowering Jasmine
Winter flowering jasmine has been cultivated in western China for centuries but was only introduced to the West in 1843 by Robert Fortune. Fortune was a plant hunter employed by the, then, Horticultural Society, most particularly to collect tea plants for transport to India.
His story is one of pirates and villains and, for most of the time, he had to work in disguise among an antagonistic Chinese population who believed him to be a spy. He was fluent in Mandarin and shaved his head leaving a pigtail, as did the Chinese, and moved around freely as a local - all very cloak and dagger. Because of Fortune's efforts, India has a tea growing industry and we have Jasminum 'nudiflorum' to sell.