Used to flavor jasmine tea in China, award-winner Jasminum sambac (Arabian Jasmine) is a twining or scrambling evergreen shrub with glossy dark green leaves and exceptionally fragrant waxy pure-white flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm). The blooms fade to pink as they mature. Born in clusters of 3-12 blossoms, they flower throughout the summer - and almost continuously in warm climates. Arabian Jasmine may be grown as a twining shrubby vine if support is provided, or as a sprawling shrub without any support. In Hawaii, the blossoms are a favorite for leis.
- Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
- Arabian Jasmine grows up to 6-10 ft. tall and wide (180-300 cm).
- Thrives in full sun to part shade, in loose, humusy, evenly moist, well-drained soils. Supply plenty of water during the summer growing season, but reduce watering in winter.
- Virtually pest free. Watch for aphids and mealybugs.
- Prune as needed to maintain plant shape.
- Perfect in containers on the patio or deck in summer and brought indoors in winter.
- Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer, propagate by layering in autumn
- Native to tropical Asia