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Genus Jasminum (Jasmine) Shrubs and Vines Family Oleaceae


Jasminum Officinale — The white-flowered Jasmine of our gardens is a very beautiful and desirable clambering shrub, either for wall covering, for planting by tree stumps, rooteries, or rockeries, or for screening and draping the pergola or garden latticework. From its great hardihood, vigour of growth, and beauty of flowers, it is certainly one of the most deservedly popular of wall shrubs.

The branches are deep green, angular, and flexible, the leaves pinnate, and the flowers pure-white and sweetly-scented. The variety Jasminum officinale affine has flowers that are individually larger than those of the species; Jasminum officinale aurea has badly variegated leaves; Jasminum officinale grandiflorum and Jasminum officinale grandiflorum majus, are also desirable kinds.

Jasminum Revolutm — This has persistent dark, glossy-green leaves, and fragrant, bright yellow flowers, produced in large, terminal clusters. From India, but perfectly hardy as a wall plant, and for which purpose, with its bright evergreen leaves, it is well suited.

Jasminum Fruticans — An evergreen species, well adapted, from its rather stiff and upright growth, for planting alone. It has trifoliolate leaves and showy yellow flowers.

Jasminum Pubigerum Glabrum is not well-known, being tender in most parts of the country.

Jasminum Humile — A hardy species of dwarf growth, and bearing beautiful golden flowers produced in summer.

Jasminum Nudiflorum — Naked Jasmine. A showy and well-known species, from China, with numerous, usually solitary yellow flowers, ternate leaves, and flexible branches. The variety Jasminum nudiflorum aureo-variegatum has golden-variegated leaves.

As regards soil, the Jasmines are very accommodating, and are propagated by layers or cuttings.