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Jasminum Humile

By Davis Landscape Architecture @DavisLandArch

Jasminum humile (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Jasminum humile (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun to dappled shade

Flowering period: Late spring to early summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 2m

Eventual Spread: 2m

Hardiness: 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b

Family: Oleaceae

Jasminum humile is an evergreen/ semi-evergreen shrub with a rounded habit. Its dark green leaves are pinnate with up to 7 leaflets. Its leaflets are elliptic with entire margins, up to 5cm long and 2cm broad. Its stems are green. Its yellow fragrant flowers are up to 15mm long and appear as terminal cluster. Its fruit is a black berry and up to 6mm long.

Jasminum humile Flower (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Jasminum humile Flower (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Jasminum humile, commonly known as Italian Jasmine or Yellow Jasmine, is native to South west Asia. In its native habitat it grows in temperate forests.

The etymological root of the binomial name Jasminum is derived from Ysmyn, the Arabic for the genus. Humile is derived from the Latin humilis meaning ‘small’

The landscape architect may find Jasminum humile useful as an evergreen, fragrant shrub. It may also be grown against a wall as a wall trained shrubs.

Ecologically, Jasminum humile flowers are attractive to pollinating insects.

Jasminum humile Leaf (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Jasminum humile Leaf (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

The Royal Horticultural Society has given the variety Jasminum humile ‘Revolutum’ their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Jasminum humile prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Jasminum humile requires little maintenance. If required this climber should be pruned in late summer.

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