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Growing Carolina Jessamine Vine: Planting & Care Of Carolina Jessamine

By Jackie Carroll

Carolina jessamine vines are covered with clusters of fragrant, yellow flowers in late winter and spring. These popular vines are easy to grow and this article will help. Click here to learn more.

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Carolina Jasmine trouble

I'm having some trouble with my Carolina Jasmine. It's new this year and was only about a foot high when planted on an old birdhouse pole. It's now probably 12 feet tall and is beautiful (no blooms but we planted it after bloom season). It gets watered everyday along with the rest of the bed. We've had virtually no rain and near 100 degree weather so I've been hand watering everything. Two days ago it started looking very wilted and droopy which shocked me because I feel like it's getting enough water. I doused it really well yesterday and even misted the green but it still looks pretty droopy today. I'm going to mulch the area where it is to see if that helps but I'm really stumped. My fear is something is eating it from the bottom. Any ideas?

My first guess would be a watering issue rather than something eating it, although those symptoms could also be caused by a gopher or something chewing on the roots. I suspect watering though because of the heat wave and the fact that you've had to change your watering habits to compensate.

Does it perk up again overnight when it cools off and the sun goes away? During extreme heat some plants aren't able to absorb enough water during the day with the sun beating down on them, so they wilt as a defensive measure, but will perk up again overnight as they take up the water that's still in the soil. Another thing to check. have you been watering it a lot more since the weather got really hot, or have you been watering it about the same as you did before? Before you water it again, I would stick your finger down in the soil a few inches and see if it still feels moist, if it does then don't water. Symptoms of overwatering often look the same as underwatering, and if you've been watering it more because of the hot weather and then more again because it looked droopy then it's definitely a possibility.

Unfortunately we don't cool off at night this time of year. For example, it's nearly 10 pm here and it's still 87 degrees outside. We put the sprinkler on the garden today instead of me hand watering it. Some of my drier plants won't like that much but maybe it will catch up everything else. I'll see how it looks in the morning. If it looks better, then I'm just not hand watering long enough. If it still looks bad then maybe it's too much water. I will definitely plant differently next year. This is my first year gardening so I have butterfly gaura and red hot poker in the same bed as nicotina and salvia and others that need a lot more water. Next year I'll have a dry bed and a wet bed (lol)!!

Carolina Jessamine, Gelsimium sempervirens, is poisonous in all parts so I doubt anything will eat it for very long. I suppose a really stupid gopher might give it a try, but not likely. Probably a water problem.

I used the moisture meter on it today. Some of it is very moist and some of it is very dry. We found a mole tunnel nearby so I'm wondering if it tunneled through creating an air pocket where the plant can't get moisture. My husband aerated the soil with a solid 1" metal pole in several areas around the plant and then I gave it a thorough watering. We came back from church tonight and it looks worse if that's possible. Several of the vine branches are a crispy light brown and snap off. The rest of it looks totally wilted. I would hate to cut it back and start over but I'm wondering if that's what I need to do. It's come so far, I can't imagine starting over. I'm so sad. I've wanted a Carolina Jasmine for the longest time and finally got one. it went from 6 inches to over 6 feet in less than 2 months and now this. I have to stop getting so attached to my plants (sniff, sniff).

Mine blooms in April or earl may so it may just be past time for it to bloom. It took about 3 years for it to really get going now its beautiful.

I would let it dry out a bit--I know you found the pockets that were dry, but I think the parts of the soil that were very moist were probably a bigger problem, and then when you watered it thoroughly those would have obviously become worse. The branches that are crispy are not going to come back but if the rest of the plant is just wilting then there's still a chance, but I would not water again until the soil feels drier.

It could be that the plant has some root damage also since you found the mole tunnel so close to it--I don't know if moles chew plant roots, but if it was maybe a gopher tunnel instead I know they do, I had one (or several?) in my old garden, and I could always tell when they'd been around because there would be one plant that would mysteriously wilt, then when I would check it I would realize that it had become detached from its roots. Sometimes the whole plant would be broken off, but other times I would see that the plant was wilting or drooping but it still had some roots, those times I cut the plant back so that the damaged roots weren't having to support so much top growth and they came back just fine (assuming the gopher didn't strike again!). So if you think maybe some of your roots were chewed, I would give the plant a significant haircut and see if that improves things. Comments about the watering still apply though even if this is the problem--if the soil's still moist you shouldn't be watering again.

I also planted Carolina Jessamine this spring at first it was doing great, then began turning brown from the base and dropping leaves. Finally realized yesterday, after doing some online research, that it had spider mites. This is a woodsy area with lots of genuine spiders (ick!), so I hadn't thought anything of the scattered webs on the Gelsemium. Live and learn. Blasted it and everything nearby with Safer's Soap, and hope I caught it in time. Beautiful vine, and I'd hate to lose it.

Haven't watered in 2 days and it looks as bad/worse than ever. So it's not too much and it doesn't appear to be 'not enough' so I'm willing to look at anything at this point. We noticed last night a sudden influx of spiders on the deck and in the house but we've got whole vine branches that are dead - not just dropping leaves. Yet some look very healthy. I'm really confused and desparate to save this vine.

Greenie, my Gelsemium also has some totally dead branches and some that look perfectly fine. The spider mites' webs look much like ordinary spider webs to a naked/uneducated eye like mine, but have lots of very small dots on them that look like dust or pollen: these are the mites. I found the webs on another vine today that's quite a distance away: arrrgh! Wonder if I can buy Safer's Soap by the wholesale lot.

I'll give it a really good look tomorrow. Thanks for letting me know!

Bumping this back up - we figured it out and it seems soooooo obvious now. I knew it wasn't a watering issue because it had done so well up to that point. We have it climbing METAL POLE. it's blisteringly hot these days so I bet the pole is heating up and burning the plant. So this fall we're going to cut it all the way back and paint the pole white. I feel so bad that I've burned my own plant. Poor guy!

Glad you found the problem, greenie, and that it's fixable!

Amazing you discovered that. I heard on the news that metal pipes on playgrounds reached temperatures of 140 to 180 degrees depending on what color they were painted. I am sure you hit the nail on the head. Great!

Hi, I was reading your thread out of interest, since I have several Jessamines. One of mine did exactly what yours is doing for no apparent reason. Guess where it was growing. yup, on a metal fence in full sun. I had no clue until just now, that this might have been the cause. Luckily you caught yours in time, whereas mine is in Jessamine heaven! Good luck. They are so pretty when they're in bloom. Christina

You might want to try painting the pole now (or at least a section of it) and feel it after the sun's been beating down on it for an afternoon--having it white will definitely keep it cooler than a darker color, but metal is going to heat up regardless of what color it is, so it's very possible that it could still be too hot for your plant even after you paint it. If that's the case, could you try putting a trellis or something in front of the pole and let the vine climb that instead?

I"m going to have to think of something. Even painting a section won't help much if the pole above and below are conducting high heat. The white will heat just as hot unless the entire pole is painted but I would like to know before sacrificing another season. Maybe I could just wrap them up in some old sheets with the chicken wire around it, I don't know. Christina, I'm glad you found your answer! I was going to grow some Rangoon Creeper on some old metal fence next year. I saved myself that heartache now too!

On the same fence I have pink jasmine which is doing just fine, so it must be less fussy. You might give that a try if you like jasmine. It smells really nice and it blooms all summer instead of just in the spring (like the jessamine).

I wonder if they sell something like a plastic or rubbery coating that you could spray/paint onto the pole? That would cut down on the heat much better than a couple coats of paint would. I have no idea if such a thing exists or not though.

I have 2 pink jasmine and I'm having the hardest time with them so it's funny you mentioned that. Though our climate here is much different than yours and that might be why. They have literally limped along all summer, never bloomed (though they were blooming when we bought them) and now we're losing one. I'm hoping if we cut them back pretty far this fall they'll do better next year.

hmmm, that is so weird. Hopefully someone will have advice for those as well, since I'm still a newby myself.

for your pole how about wrapping it with the kind of tape you put on a tennis racket? (I don't know what you call it, but it's kind of rubbery)

When did you plant your jasmines? If you planted them in late spring or summer and then started getting real hot weather shortly afterwards that's probably why they're not flourishing--it's hard on plants if they're newly planted and they have to deal with heat stress at the same time they're trying to get their roots established. If you can baby them through the rest of the summer though they should be much better for you next year (assuming they overwinter in your zone? I don't know how hardy they are or what zone you're in)

We planted them in way early spring..may have been too early. March or Apri maybe. Right after we got them but b4 they were in the ground, we got a huge spring rain. I know they are not supposed to be overwatered. That's when they blooms went away. Then when I planted them, they went into transplant shock so they suffered a bit then too. The soil doesn't drain well and it's on somewhat of an incline so I think that's a contributor as well. So I'm going to try and get them through the summer and then for next year, I'll raise the beds and add some perlite and potting soil with good drainage and hopefully that will help.

Hi Greenie You could look like a redneck and use foam pipe insulation ))).

Hey Podster, that would go great with my beer can windchimes!! (lol)

No joke? Are they Lone Star?

j/k. I live with my mother-in-law who strictly forbids alcohol in her home. this IS east texas, you know and all of us who consume are dancing with the devil literally with our souls in fear of eternal damnation (g). I'm from Wisconsin and we love to get our drink on, so this is interesting. I think all she needs is a margarita and she'll be good to go! =)


Comments (3)

Angie83

I find carolina jasmine to be slow growing .It seems to love full sun and alot of water.It is much slower growning than my passion vines.It flowers only once in a while.Its nice but not to flashy kinda gets lost in the mexican flames smoke hehe.Mexican flame vines are by far my favorite vine then passion is nexted .If you like butterflys then passion vine is the best.Its kinda funnny but I find most vines love full sun just not blazing sun hehe

Okieladybug

The Carolina jessamine would prefer full sun? Well, that's out, then! The only place in my yard that gets full sun (isn't that at least 6-8 hours per day?) is by the street. Anything by my house is in partial shade.

I haven't seen passion vines. I love butterflies, so that sounds nice. What does that look like? Does it flower? Will it survive in Zone 7?


Carolina Jessamine

Climbing Carolina Jessamine

One of the best ways to add visual appeal to a structure is to plant a climbing vine such as Carolina Jessamine. This fast growing, evergreen vine will grow from 10-20 feet tall. Consequently, it is commonly used as a climber on structures like walls, fences, arbors, pergolas, and trellises. Plant it six feet apart, or at each post, and allow a year or two of growth to cover its support. You will be rewarded with a beautiful vine sporting green leaves and bright yellow blooms in early spring. The blooms generally last about three weeks.

This vine grows by twisting around its climbing support. Carolina Jessamine doesn’t require extensive trimming, but it is often a good idea to train the plant with a light trim after it blooms in the spring. This will prevent it from growing out of control and also allow you to maintain the shape of the vine and structure as one.

A note of caution to those purchasing Carolina Jessamine is that the plant is toxic and should never be ingested, or planted where children might pick the flowers. Also, the sap may cause skin irritation.

Carolina Jessamine is an easy plant to grow. It prefers full sun, but tolerates light shade. Furthermore, this plant is not picky about its soil, as long as the soil is well drained and has been improved with organic matter. As a result it will grow in either sandy or clay soils. There is a low water requirement after the plant is established, although occasional watering gives it a brighter appearance.

Carolina Jessamine Growing Conditions:

Light: Full Sun to Light Shade

Water: Low after it is established

Soil: Well drained soil enriched with organic matter. Grows well in sand or clay soil


Gelsemium Species, Carolina Yellow Jasmine, Yellow Jessamine

Family: Gelsemiaceae
Genus: Gelsemium (jel-SEM-ee-um) (Info)
Species: sempervirens (sem-per-VY-renz) (Info)
Synonym:Bignonia sempervirens
Synonym:Gelsemium lucidum
Synonym:Gelsemium nitidum
Synonym:Jeffersonia sempervirens

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil do not let dry out between waterings

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Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Where to Grow:

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

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Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Citrus Heights, California

Fallbrook, California(5 reports)

San Diego, California(3 reports)

Altamonte Springs, Florida

Baton Rouge, Louisiana(2 reports)

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Charlotte, North Carolina(2 reports)

Elizabeth City, North Carolina(2 reports)

Elizabethtown, North Carolina

Hillsborough, North Carolina

Powells Point, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina(2 reports)

Wilsons Mills, North Carolina

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Charleston, South Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Summerville, South Carolina

Lewisville, Texas(2 reports)

Gardeners' Notes:

On Apr 16, 2018, JennysGarden_TN from Collierville, TN wrote:

This plant is zero maintenance for my zone 7B garden. I trim to keep it in shape. Its masses of fragrant yellow flowers bring smiles to my Spring landscape.

On Apr 4, 2017, nothingfails from YAMBOL UPPER THRACE,
Bulgaria (Zone 7b) wrote:

Got one from the UK. First it did not grow in my ph7 soil, then got killed nearly to the ground during lows at 10F/-12C for long time. If some say it is hardy to 0F/-17C then there must be different cultivars with different hardiness.

On Jun 5, 2016, Carolhag from Medina, TX wrote:

I had planted Carolina. Yellow Jasmine before I had bees. Now I have had to remove it all. It is highly toxic to bees. They love it, but become highly intoxicated and then disoriented and causes their abdomen to become disended and they die. So please don't plant it if you like the bees.

On Mar 25, 2015, KatWheels from Florence, SC wrote:

I came upon our beautiful state flower in a wooded lot in Florence. The pretty yellow flowers caught my eye!! I took several clippings to hopefully root in some water, but what I read says you must break off a piece from the rootball!!
Has anyone had success with a clipping developing roots ??

On Mar 3, 2014, younggardener96 from Cypress, TX wrote:

I am new at this whole gardening thing but I truly enjoy it and love it. I recently built a pergola in my backyard and planted some Carolina Jessamine to grow up the sides. I live in zone 9a and we're slowly starting to finish up our winter however last night it got really cold! The leaves on my poor Jessamine are a dark green and kind of droopy. Help! How do I take care of this plant and will it survive a few more cold nights.

On Jun 16, 2013, lanorcal from Rohnert Park, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have two of these plants to add greenery to an arbor and they have been in place about 2 years - they are zero maintenance and provide nice year round greenery to the area - but they have not yet shown any sign of blooming. I will try fertilizing this summer in hopes that has some affect.

On Feb 18, 2013, starfarmer from Ann Arbor, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

Vestia, that's toxic to *non-native* bees, including the invasive species we call honeybees native species are immune or avoid the plant. Pretty funny, no?

And in case your state of mind persists, you'll be glad to know that according to the US Pharmacopeia, Gelsemium can treat irritability and "mental instability", among other ills!

On Jan 3, 2013, Vestia from San Francisco, CA wrote:

This plant while an American native, is not one to plant, owing to its great toxicity. It is not only toxic to people, pets, and wildlife - it is also one of the few plants who's nectar is toxic to bees. The adults bees are not affected, but when they take the nectar to the hive it affects the brood. Skip this plant - remove it if you have it. Bees are in trouble and need our help.

On Aug 26, 2012, idahocactus2 from Boise, ID wrote:

Have had much luck with Carolina Jasmine here in the Boise Valley --- zones 6 - 7. The variety is 'Margarita', and I secured the plants from nurseries in Virginia and Pennsylvania. I have vines at my own house in Boise and at 3 other clients here in the Valley. They are all having good success!! The plants easily take temperatures down to zero [which is rare here], and little or no damage, and have bloomed regularly ever year. The plants are now over 5 years in the ground, and are even more vigorous. They put on their heaviest display this spring. Do they repeat blooming in other climates? There just seems to be that one time here in the Boise, Idaho area.

On Jul 20, 2012, heckabore from Walnut Creek, CA wrote:

I've lived in my house for 12 years and have never gotten more than 3 or 4 blooms on any of the 4 Carolina Jessamines. I don't know how old the plants are as they were already here when I moved in. Two are growing on an arbor along with some climbing roses. The roses are deep red with yellow centers and bloom profusely in the spring. The jessamine add greenery but rarely bloom. They get a mixture of sun and shade. I am about to redo the arbor and plan to remove the jessamine and replace them with yellow clematis. Two more jessamine are planted in the back yard, growing up a trellis--these have never bloomed, but the greenery is nice.

On Apr 17, 2012, BarbaraParis from Comerio, PR (Zone 11) wrote:

It is growing here in zone 11 in the forest . I was walking and saw lots of yellow flower on the floor and then I looked up and there it was .. Very pretty.

On Feb 11, 2012, tchrkare from Palm Desert, CA (Zone 11) wrote:

I bought this plant for $1 at my local garden center. It was sad-looking, wilted, and was a "maybe, it's only a buck" purchase. It has grown 200% in just a few weeks, fills the whole area with fragrance, and is covered in fabulous flowers. I have it in a shady spot, as the sun here is brutal. I hope it is as invasive as the posts say---I would love to see it take over the whole area! A great little plant for zone 9b.

On Jun 10, 2011, Shellsfarm from Grass Valley, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I've had my plant in the ground for 3+ years and I really don't know if it grows well SINCE THE STUPID DEER HAVE CONTINUOUSLY EATEN THE LEAVES OFF IT. Despite that, it lived. I finally dug it out of the ground and have it in a pot on my deck. It is struggling to thrive, only putting out a few tiny leaves. I hope I didn't kill it.

On May 22, 2011, obxwild from Powells Point, NC wrote:

This plant grows great in my area. While not on the beach, i am coastal (10 minutes or less inland). Planted about 6-7 years ago - this is a monster! Get ready to cut back 2-3 times a year, or plant it in an area that will not allow it to strangle other plants, or attach itself to structures, wires, etc. Great for trellis type objects, however the more open the spacing, the better. I used pt wood lattice and 4x4s - my lattice has curled forward about 30%!

Mine is in in mostly sun to part shade. I go willy nilly on this sucker and just chop it back about a 1/3 of it's size 2x a year (planted too close to house. duh!), and it STILL grows like a beast. Flowers almost all year here. I have even had it bloom in the warmer winters. Right now it has overtaken 16' width of lattice. read more and about 7' in height - if not cut back, I probably could have covered a fence bordering the entire 1 acre of property!

Now I must move it to another section in the yard. If anyone has any tip as to transplanting. please let me know! I plan to cut it almost all the way back and dig up as much of the root ball as possible. and do it in the fall, probably October?

On Apr 1, 2011, roughbeast from Los Angeles, CA wrote:

We just planted what we thought was Carolina Jasmine in a large pot with a trellis, and it's doing fine. We're in Los Angeles, also known as a desert, so we'll have to water it. I have two concerns: the salesperson at the large garden chain that sold me this plant called it Carolina Jasmine, but the tag (which I didn't look at) says it's Swamp Jessamine Gelsemium rankinii - but still I would have thought that Caroline Jasmine must be another name for it (at the time I thought it was a true jasmine). When I looked up the Latin name I found that Carolina Jasmine is species sempervirens, not rankinii. Sempervirens has a strong aroma rankinii does not - and I suspect that mij13 in San Diego also got rankinii, so that's why there's no fragrance - we also have one we put in the ground several y. read more ears ago, it's big and strong but also no aroma. The tag also doesn't reveal how toxic Gelsemiums are - alkaloids related to strychnine that can kill honeybees as well as people if eaten.

On Nov 18, 2010, texasflora_com from De Leon, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is the best plant I know of in this area for planting on a fence, especially a chain link fence. It can turn a drab old fence into a beautiful fence. The evergreen leaves and the nice spicy scent are a bonus. I've never seen this plant naturalize or become invasive anywhere in this area, probably because of lack of enough rainfall. I've never even seen it escape the boundaries it was planted in. However, I'd like to give a negative to all the commercial growers out there who ALWAYS market the plant with a big fat peat stake in the pot. Just who would want to grow it on a stake? And you really have to cut the plant back to almost nothing when transplanting so it will train itself on a fence or trellis anyway. But I guess if they sold it with no stake, it wouldn't look very attractive a. read more nd would sprawl all over the place.

On Apr 6, 2010, eatmyplants from Comanche county, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Wow, someone actually gave their own state flower a negative.

On Apr 6, 2010, laurahteague from Madisonville, KY wrote:

I was surprised to see that this plant was Zone 7. I live in zone 6, and have had yellow jasmine (jessamine) for at least 5 years, and it has covered 3 sides of my gazebo, and is doing well on my arbor. It blooms profusely for about a week in April, and is absolutely gorgeous! The rest of the summer, it provides welcome shade, and in winter, a touch of green. It does not take over here in Kentucky the way it might farther south. I just bought two plants to grow on my fence, and hope they will do as well.

On Mar 17, 2010, hwgang from Northfield, MA wrote:

I just acquired this beautiful plant from a nursery that is also unfamiliar with it. It's only in a 4" pot. It is fully in bloom and sending out new growth. I am in zone 5a so it must be a houseplant here. I don't see any comments regarding this as a houseplant. I would welcome advice.

Sorry, wrong plant. I have Jasminum mesnyi PRIMROSE jasmine, not "yellow".

On Feb 8, 2010, mij13 from San Diego, CA wrote:

I have two plants that have done very well for the past year, here in Southern California. It's now mid Feb., and they're both in full bloom. I'm growing them up against the side of my garage, and hope they will spread out and cover it. The blossoms are very vivid and pretty, but not especially fragrant. I have some pink jasmine nearby and was worried that these would clash in the spring. I had nothing to worry about, it seems. It's a very lovely vine plant and I'd recommend it.

On Nov 18, 2009, missfancy34667 from Hudson, FL wrote:

My Husband planted this plant in 2001 in front of our hot tub deck on the north side of our house. It had taken over the entire front of the the deck providing excellent privacy. However, It also blooms in the most extreme circumstances. Last year it bloomed in 16 degree temerpartures in february. Ive never seen such blooming in such adversity. the plant tends to move towards the east of the deck. It is very profilfic. It has become so dense that it has became a place for the cats to lie in from the roof, and in the past the farm rats have been seen inside of it, fortunatelty for us the cats find it a wonderful place to hang out and get themselves a nice meal.

Currently though, I have noticed that where it was planted, was . read more on the part of the deck that had wood lattice. the rest of the deck had plastic lattice. so the wood lattice is breaking. So I want to cut the plant down and move it, so i can replace the rest of the deck with plastic lattice.. I do not wish to kill it, Just move it. I gather it seems to flourish in a north west sun exposure. but I am not sure how it will do if I hack the majority of it down just to free up the deck from damage and move it to a fence or tree area. Id love to hear some advice.

On the east side of the deck we have honey suckle that has grown beautifully and winds up into the doors and moves freely with the opening and closing of the lattice doors. on the west side of the deck is wisteria. and on the south side of the deck is fragrant passion vine which is a very extreme prolific vine. I find it all of a sudden is also groiwng up all over the yard in peculiar places, I have to dig it up and pot it and gift it to neighbors, it even entagles into the jasmine and covers the house. I find the passion vine to be the most hassling of all the vines I have, but it is a wild flower here. and it does produce fruit so at least it does something useful. LOL.

If anyone has anything useful for the hacking and moving of my massive jasmine, I would appreciatte to know, I really dont want to risk killing it. And to think it started out in a 6 inch pot 8 years ago, LOL and now is 10 feet tall very bushy and about 30 feet wide.

On Oct 20, 2009, annaprs from Midway, AR wrote:

I have had 2 Carolina Yellow Jasmine for 2 years and the plant grows beautifully but I have no flowers at all. I tried fertilizing but no luck. I read about the beautiful flowers and the wonderful scent.
What am I doing wrong.

On Apr 4, 2009, DreamOfSpring from Charleston, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is our state flower. It is a native and is very much at home here. In this area it is quite capable of growing and flowering beautifully without any human intervention. In fact, in early spring it lights up the forests all along the roadside.

I walked out of my back door a few weeks ago to find an area I call the Arbor Path positively aglow from the explosion of yellow Jessamine blooms there. Appearing as though someone had taken a highlighter marker to both sides of the path, it was an amazing thing to see and absolutely impossible to ignore. What is more incredible is that due to illness I had failed to weed, fertilize, or otherwise care for the area for years, yet this plant was still blooming in indescribable profusion.

Lastly, I must take exception. read more with the description of this plant growing to 20ft. Shortly after awakening to find my backyard awash in yellow Jessamine blooms, I noticed, while walking near a very old forest, that the top 10ft or so of many of the trees there, tall, mature pines and oaks, were colored bright yellow with yellow Jessamine blossoms. The trees were easily 60ft or more in height and yet the Jessamine had managed to climb to the top of many of them and bloom there. I reiterate that there were no blooms in the lower 3/4 of the trees. Only the top 10-20ft of the forest canopy was aglow with yellow Jessamine blooms, but they had apparently climbed many feet to get there. Regrettably this incredible sight was in an area where photography is absolutely not permitted otherwise, I would surely have taken a photo to show you.

On Mar 25, 2009, wormfood from Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

We let it grow wild up into the trees. No special care here. Even in the heat of the summer.

On Aug 22, 2008, rntx22 from Puyallup, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have had this plant for years. It can get big like any vine can, but we did not have to do much to keep it under control. I would say it is one of the less aggressive growers than most vines and easy to control.

On Jul 22, 2008, Madeline615 from Hendersonville, NC wrote:

I have one of these in front of my house. We live in Western NC. It didn't bloom much this past spring, two flowers. I need to know when to prune this as it is getting very tall for the space it is in. Anyone have any tips on when and how to do this. Thanks

On Jun 13, 2008, tinabeana from Greenville, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is my state flower, and I was lucky enough to buy a house that already had significant quantities of it. It is is a prolific climber/rambler, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your needs. Keep an eye on it and prune as needed, because it will overgrow surrounding shrubs. The flowers are divine, and personally I enjoy the color contrast between the stems and the leaves. In my yard it grows in full and part sun, and works as a groundcover if there's nothing for it to climb.

Most notably, this plant is a US native that is recommened as a suitable alternative for many non-native and/or invasive plants. Ironically, four of the invasives below came with my property

PlantWise: Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants
Gelsemium sempervirens is a. read more PlantWise native alternative for:
Ampelopsis brevipedunculata (Amur peppervine)
Hedera helix (English ivy)
Jasminum dichotomum (Gold Coast jasmine)
Jasminum fluminense (jazmin de trapo)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Lygodium japonicum (Japanese climbing fern)
Vinca major (bigleaf periwinkle)
Vinca minor (common periwinkle)

On Mar 8, 2008, shugnshay from Madisonville, LA wrote:

These ladies grow like crazy here in Louisiana. I've seen them in the very tops of the tallest pines here. I called them river flowers as a child. Every summer, when I'd go to a river or creek with my dad, the scent of these flowers seemed to float just above the surface of the water. Even when there wasn't a single yellow bloom in sight, we could tell when they were nearby. I liked to watch the fallen flowers float by in the lazy creek near dad's house.

On Mar 4, 2008, Korak from Jeffersonville, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Here in central Georgia, these vines have gone wild and grown high up into trees. (My property is a woodland thicket!) You rarely see the vines, but they do begin blooming early- and often the fallen blossoms cover the path! It took me a bit of effort to discover exactly what plant was garlanding my forest paths with golden flowers, because the vines were all hidden high in the treetops! Now I know and plan to use some as fence covers.

On Apr 20, 2007, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenйes,
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

I planted this in my garden in S W France last summer. It astounded me by shrugging off a week of -12C nights and -1C days in January, putting out a few buds and flowering immediately afterwards. Now, in April, it is looking very happy and has a number of flowers and many buds. I will need to wait a while before finding out whether its vigour is a problem here, but will hopefully be able to keep it in check with regular pruning. So far it has very much exceeded my expectations! My books describe it as only frost hardy.

On Nov 27, 2006, happy_girl from Redondo Beach, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

Got this from Logees and it's such a delicate little thing with small precious blooms. It seems to grow slow but from reading other posts, it will probably speed up in the springtime. I have it in a small container at the moment - it's only about 5" long. Fragrance is nice when you put your nose to the flowers.

On Jul 16, 2006, ron_rothman from Brooklyn, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

we knew it was a bit risky this far north, but we planted two gorgeous jessamines in early october. they were in a semi-sheltered location, but both died very early into the winter. we've replaced them with honeysuckles, which we expect will do much better.

On Apr 28, 2006, gooley from Hawthorne, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Native here. I have seen 2-inch trunks climbing up trees. In late winter you can smell the flowers and see the fallen yellow blooms even if the blooming bits are out of view way high up in the canopy. All parts are toxic but there isn't really much else wrong with it.

On Apr 26, 2006, mandragora56 from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Purchased 2 weeks ago. It is really doing better than expected! Already climbing a bark wreath I have placed above it. My plant faces east and has partial sun throughout the day. I bought it at a popular home-improvement store and plan to get 1 more.

On Mar 13, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Carolina Jamine is a beautiful Texas Native vine with evergreen foliage and lovely yellow scented blossoms in the early Spring.
Very easy to grow.

On Mar 12, 2006, carolschuman from Arlington, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

Love this plant! I deep watered a couple times last summer during the dought we had, and my husband insisted on trimming it away from the garage roof, but otherwise very carefree!

On Nov 17, 2005, phrostyphish from Tuscaloosa, AL wrote:

I've used this over the years as a cover for unsightly chainlink fencing.
We also have it trained on two mock fences in front of my office - we put in "corners" of vinyl fence in front of the house where I work, and planted the Carolina jasmine. In a few short years, it's overtaken them both and we have the vine pruned back so that it resembles a hedge on either side. In the spring, they're both laden with yellow flowers that attract both bees and positive comments from our clients.

The forsythia of the south? But. I thought forsythia was the forsythia of the south. We live in Alabama and forsythia is EVERYWHERE here.
Heck, I have a few shrubs here that I've transplanted to the lawn from the woods behind my house.

But I digress. this stuff is. read more great for covering fences, arbors, or anything else you can train it on when it's young. All I do is keep it cut back during the summer, after blooming stops. Shoot. I don't even water or fertilize it and it does just fine.

On May 2, 2005, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Fast growing fountain that supplies the hummers and bees with food. Supply the neigborhood with new plants from the runners, keep it controlled with a cutback two feet from the gorund once a year and it is fine. Brilliant colour!

On Apr 2, 2005, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I think of this flower as the forsythia of the south -- it is one of the first flowers to emerge in Spring and can be frequently seen in our area growing wild in the woods along roadways, often reaching the tops of trees.

I have three of the plants in various places on fences in my yard. They are spreading rapidly and I expect in a few years I will happily have the fences covered with their canary yellow, sweetly fragrant flowers.

On Jan 22, 2005, Kauai17 from Leander, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

We planted this last year and have been very pleased with the speed of its growth! The flowers smell wonderful and they are a beautiful color.

On Oct 20, 2003, chrislyn from La Porte, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have moved my Jasmine several times so I am not sure if I have caused its lack of performance but it is still hanging in. I moved it from its first home in the ground in Waco, Texas to a large pot in Baytown, Texas. It did well in the pot blooming and growing well. I then, moved again and took it to La Porte, Texas and planted it in the ground again. I have provided a trellis for it but it hasn't done as well here. A lot of the leaves look scorched and it is starting to bloom now. and seed. I think I am finding Jasmine seedlings at the base of it.

On Aug 15, 2003, mudpuppie from Charleston, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant can get away from you if you are not careful to keep it trimmed and root pruned. It can develop extensive running roots and take over your fence or the area it is in. Growing it in pots is a great idea to keep it contained.

On Aug 14, 2003, Kaufmann from GOD's Green Earth,
United States (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have had two growing in pots for 4 years with little care. They are very satisfactory with evergreen foliage and lovely, aromatic yellow flowers in Spring.

On Mar 3, 2003, arkiedee from Mabelvale, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:

If you keep it consistently watered, it will delight you with a renewed rush of blooms in early fall.


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