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Gardenia jasminoides (Cape Jasmine)

Cape Jasmine, Common Gardenia, Gardenia augusta, Gardenia florida L., Gardenia grandiflora


Gardenia jasminoides (Cape Jasmine) is a large evergreen shrub with thick, lustrous, lance-shaped, dark green leaves and extremely fragrant, white flowers, 3 in. across (8 cm). Blooming throughout the year in warm climates, where temperatures do not drop below 60°F (15°C), this award-winning Gardenia blooms in late spring to early summer in cooler climates.

  • This evergreen shrub enjoys a bushy habit and grows up to 3-6 ft. tall and wide (90-180 cm)
  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • 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 and useful as hedges, espaliers 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 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 (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spacing 72" (180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance High
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers

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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 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 (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spacing 72" (180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance High
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers

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