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Plant of the Week: Jasminum Polyanthum

By Davis Landscape Architecture @DavisLandArch

Jasminum polyanthum Flower (24/04/2011, London)

Jasminum polyanthum Flower (24/04/2011, London)

Position: Full sun to light shade

Flowering period: Spring

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 6m

Eventual Spread: 2m

Hardiness: 8b -11

Family: Oleaceae

Jasminum polyanthum is a vigorous evergreen twining climber. Its dark green leaves are compound with up to 7 leaflets. Its branches. Its trunk. Its bark. Its numerous white fragrant flowers emerge from pink buds, have five petals and are up to 2cm across. Its fruit. This plant may spread by suckers where stems touch the ground.

Jasminum polyanthum, commonly known as Pink jasmine, is native to China. It is considered an invasive species in Australia and new Zealand. Jasminum polyanthum is synonymous with Jasminum blinii.

Jasminum polyanthum (24/04/2011, London)

Jasminum polyanthum (24/04/2011, London)

The etymological root of the binomial name Jasminum is said to be derived from ysmyn, the Arabic for the species. Polyanthum is derived from the Greek polús meaning ‘many’ and anthos meaning ‘flower’.

The landscape architect may find  Jasminum polyanthum useful as a vigorous, fragrant, evergreen climber. This plant requires a structure or wires for support.

Ecologically, J. polyanthum is attractive to pollinating insects.

The Royal Horticultural Society has given J. polyanthum their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

J. polyanthum prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Jasminum polyanthum requires little maintenance. Dead flower head may be removed after flowering

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