Knowing These 3 Types of Jasmine – Carolina, Arabian and Downy

Carolina Jasmine

When you are looking to brighten up your landscape or garden, you’ll find that Carolina Jasmine, also known as a Jessamine is a prized find for a number of different reasons.

carolina jasmine

You may find yourself attracted to the color that it can bring to your land or you might simply be after something that the deer won’t feel free to nibble on! Take some time and learn a little bit about the Carolina jasmine and how well it can fit in your area.

Plant Description:

Once one has been pointed out to you, you will always be able to recognize Carolina jasmine. This is an extremely attractive evergreen vine that, under the right conditions, can grow up to twenty feet tall.

When it is kept in conditions that are very bright, it tends to stay rather compact, but when its roots are partially shaded, it can grow over trees, shrubs, fences, and trellises.

The rich green leaves are a beautiful counterpoint for the small clusters of tubular yellow flowers. This is a long-blooming plant and you can enjoy the flowers from late winter to early spring, depending on where you are living. These flowers are particularly gorgeous and can add an impressive hint of color to your land.

Plant Location:

You’ll find that the Carolina jasmine is a native of the South. In the wild, it tends to grow along streams and in the lowlands and thickets. You can find it anywhere where there is a lot of shade and though this is not a true water-loving plant, it does prefer the damp areas.

They are most common near the coast, from the eastern part of Virginia, stretching down to Florida and west to Texas. It can also be found in Mexico. The further north you are of this general area, the harder this vine is to grow.

Culture Needs:

The Carolina Jasmine is a fairly hardy vine that can take a fair amount of abuse, but as you might imagine, there is a certain amount of attention that needs to be paid to it. You’ll find that you can grow them from rootstock fairly easily or that you can acquire them from any nursery. They should be planted in a place where the roots are relatively well shaded, but it will do just fine if the leaves and vines see full or partial sunlight.

This can be something of an aggressive plant and there are some that prefer to keep them confined in pots for this very reason. While you should keep them damp (the soil that they are on should not dry out between watering) take some care not to over-water them, as this can be a very basic problem.

Make sure that they are pruned after their winter-blooming and if the plants become too top-heavy with seeds, it might be time to tie them to a trellis or a fence. The plant does quite well so long as the temperature does not dip below fifteen degrees Fahrenheit.

Landscape Usage:

When you are looking to see what the Carolina Jasmine can do for your garden, keep it dramatic coloration in mind. The Bright Yellow And Dark Green do quite well as an accent to most gardens and you can choose to make the star of your landscape or just a lovely background detail.

Take some time and make sure that you think about how you want them to grow; they will reach for all the sunlight that they can, and having a trellis or a shrub to train them up is essential for making sure that they are not going to get out of hand.

Pros:

This is a beautiful plant and in the right area, it is quite tough and very sturdy. You’ll find that if you live in an area that is plagued by deer that these plants are quite resistant to the deer.

It is also relatively easy to care for and it does not need all that much attention beyond the pruning. It is fairly easy to find and it is a great way to add a splash of riotous color to your garden. As among the first flowers to bloom, it is a beautiful sign of spring.

Cons:

Carolina jasmine is poisonous and should be avoided if you have small children. Depending on how sensitive you are, it can also cause problems with its sap, and handling it might mean that you need gloves on at all times.

It is also fairly aggressive and can choke out more delicate varieties unless you are careful. You will also find that the further north you are, the harder it will be growing.

The Carolina Jasmine vine has beautiful yellow flowers with a soft floral scent

The Carolina jasmine vine has been discovered to originate from the South. Its abundance is evident in streams, lowlands, and thickets.

Jasmine also thrives well in damp areas. In particular, the vine is popular in the coastal areas of the eastern part of Virginia, in Florida, in Texas, and even in Mexico. Growing the vine plants would be difficult in the northernmost locations.

The Carolina Jasmine, also known as Jessamine, should be at the top of your list of beautiful plants to add your landscape and garden.

Carolina Jasmine vine can be easily recognized for its extremely attractive evergreen vine with a length that extends to almost twenty feet.

It usually grows independently in bright areas but can also be found around trees, fences, shrubs and trellises if there is partial shading above its roots.

The richness of its green leaves perfectly matches the brightness of the Yellow Flowers. The time it takes for the vine plant to bloom is relatively long, lasting from late winter to early spring.

This blooming period may also vary in length according to the location. The beauty of these vine plants can enhance the vibrant image of your garden.

This may be a low-maintenance plant but would still require adequate attention and care. The usual sources of this vine are rootstock and nursery.

In looking for an area to plant the Jasmine, you should consider adequate shading for its roots. You must also ensure that the leaves or the vine will be exposed to full or partial sunlight. You may also consider putting them on pots.

Excessive watering should be avoided even though they should always be kept damp. After their winter-blooming, pruning should immediately take place.

Tying them to a trellis or to a fence is the solution to problems on excessive heaviness caused by heavy growth.

The benefits of planting a Carolina jasmine for landscape appeal are widely known. Its versatility is manifested in the fact that it can perfectly serve as background detail and it can also be the Centerpiece Of A Garden.

Taking care of it also entails less hassles and inconvenience. It’s blooming also implies the start of the spring season.

However, this Jasmine vine may not be a good choice for families with children who are still young because of its poisonous characteristic. Handling its sap may also be a bit inconvenient at times.

If you are in the northern areas, growing Carolina jasmine can be difficult. Its aggressive nature may also choke other gentler plants unless you take extreme care.

Arabian Jasmine

The Arabian Jasmine is also known as the Jasmine Sambac. It has beautiful foliage and fragrant flowers.

arabian jasmine flowers

Arabian Jasmine is the most common name for Jasminum sambac, but there are plenty of other names for it as well.

You may have also heard of it as being referred to as mogra, mallika, mallige and kaliyan, but they are all the same popular plant!

Plant Description:

The Arabian jasmine is a scrambling bushy vine whose most notable features are shiny dark evergreen leaves and very fragrant, small white flowers.

This is a plant that will clamber and twine up almost anything and they will use trellises or even other plants to support their growth. One thing that makes this plant such a favorite in gardens all over the world is that the waxy white flowers will fade to a gorgeous soft pink as they age.

Plant Location:

It is thought that this plant originated in India, but it has been successfully cultivated in many, many other places. Arabian jasmine is a tropical plant, but it can even be grown in cooler climes. It may freeze to the ground in winter but can return from its roots when it gets warmer, especially if care is taken and the plant has mulch to keep it warm. It does very well in USDA Zones 9-11.

Culture Needs:

When you are looking to see what needs to happen so that you can start growing some Arabian jasmine of your very own, there are a few tips to keep in mind. They tend to prefer hot moist areas, and they need partial sun, with the full sun being ideal. The more sun they get, the more spectacularly they are going to flower.

When you are looking at watering them, they should be very moist, but also keep in mind that their soil should not get soggy. A layer of mulch can make sure that your plant will grow well, and that it does not get too soggy overall.

Similarly, when you are looking at fertilizer needs, these plants do very well with water-soluble quick release fertilizers and organic fertilizers like fish emulsion.

Pros:

In the first place, this is quite a gorgeous flowering shrub, one that anyone can be proud to have in their garden. It is quite tough, very hardy and it will grow well in a number of climates.

You’ll also find that these flowers will release a strong and lovely fragrance and that it can add some very beautiful touches of color to your garden. When you are looking for something that will bring some beauty to your garden, this is the plant for you!

Cons:

Do keep in mind that the Arabian jasmine is primarily a warm-weather plant. While you can grow it in the north, you’ll find that recovery from the cold of the winter can mean that you are looking at a very late blooming the following year. This plant is also prone to mealybugs, aphids and leaf spots

If you are in a place where you are thinking of expanding your garden, this is definitely a plant that you want to consider. Stop and think about what these glossy dark leaves and waxy white blooms can give your garden.

Downy Jasmine – The Evergreen Vine

This lovely plant is a native of India, who prize it for perfume making as well as being used to make tea. In Florida, it tends to make beautiful tiny delicate white flowers that grow in a clustered fashion.

downy jasmine

Often each bush will have five to six such clusters. The flowers themselves are star-shaped. Other jasmines are more fragrant than this type, but it can leave a delicate romantic aroma.

The Downy jasmine is an evergreen vine.

Gardeners prize it as it can be trained to remain in a shrub quality, or as a spreading vine. Some have trained it to grow on walls, allowing for a beautiful spray of white flowers to come trailing down the wall when it is in bloom. As a tree, it can grow to 10 feet tall, and be as wide as it is tall.

The leaves themselves are covered with a downy-like pubescence, which means that it has fine hairs making it appear more velvety than anything. The coloring of this pubescence is a mixture of green and gray.

The leaves of this beautiful plant are dark green, rounded at the base, and ovate in form.

Each leaf may be as long as 2″ and they grow as opposites on the stem.

It grows well in the hotter parts of the U.S. including Louisiana, California, Texas, and Florida. Luckily for those in colder climates, it can be grown as a houseplant, since it takes well to being trained to remain small sized.

Numerous gardeners have used this plant as ground cover. It will not push roots into the ground thus if you use it on a hill, it will remain as a vine but it covers the ground admirably well.

More often than not, people like it close to their front door, due to the delicate scent that this plant puts out. It’s not overpowering as some other plants can be. As a ground cover, it’s more than workable.

Those who wish to grow their own Downy Jasmine will want to obtain woody stem cuttings.

The vine itself is basically drought tolerant, but the plant should never be allowed to dry out as it will then not make the beautiful flowers, though it’s not in need of copious amounts of water.

Fences allow this plant to grow well on them, as do trellises, thus landscapers use this plant often.

Because it can be trimmed back though and therefore not need a trellis or fence to climb, it’s a very versatile plant, since it can be used as either a foundation or a climber.

If you prune it regularly it will remain in a shrub form.

You may find this plant called star jasmine due to its absolutely lovely star-shaped flowers that are not only dainty but considered very romantic, probably due to its feminine scent.

Also, I am told that Downy Jasmine pearl tea is supposed to be a wonderful tea.

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