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Gardenia jasminoides 'Buttons' (Cape Jasmine)

Cape Jasmine 'Buttons', Buttons Cape Jasmine, Cape Jessamine 'Buttons'


Gardenia jasminoides 'Buttons' (Cape Jasmine) is a small evergreen shrub with glossy, lance-shaped, dark green leaves and intensely fragrant, semi-double, white flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), with a button center. Blooming in late spring or early summer and sporadically during the rest of the summer, this handsome rounded shrub deserves a spot near entryways and patios where its wonderful fragrance can be enjoyed. Heat tolerant, it is perfect for small gardens.

  • This evergreen shrub enjoys a compact, bushy habit and grows up to 24-30 in. tall and wide (60-75 cm).
  • A full sun to light shade lover, this Gardenia is best grown in consistently moist, acidic, organically rich, well-drained soils. Although it prefers full sun, some shade is appreciated during the warmer months of the year or its leaves may scorch and its buds may fall off if they get too much sunlight. In hot climates, Gardenias grow best with morning sun and afternoon shade. In cooler areas, they can tolerate full sun, especially if their roots are covered with organic mulch.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant or in containers. Great cut flowers.
  • May be affected by powdery mildew, leaf spots, dieback, anthracnose, sooty mold, whiteflies, mealybugs, scales, aphids and spider mites.
  • Cut off the faded Gardenia flowers, just below the leaf node, to encourage continuous blooming.
  • Prune/shape your Gardenia plant when it is dormant, to promote branching and compact growth
  • Propagate by seed, greenwood or semi-hardwood cuttings
  • Native to southern China and Japan

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Heat Zones 7 – 12
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Gardenia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance High
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Small Gardens

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Heat Zones 7 – 12
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Gardenia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance High
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Small Gardens

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