The Winter Jasmine, otherwise known as the Jasminum Nudiflorum or Winter-Flowered Jasmine, Jasminum sieboldianum, is a rather well known climber plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.
Best known for its low maintenance and moderate growth, this climber will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.
This is why all the topics you need to know in order to achieve this will be covered in this Winter Jasmine Care Guide. Ready? Let’s go!
The fundamental caring guidelines for every Winter Jasmine can be summed up into the following:
- Water: The Winter Jasmine needs evenly spread moist soil – try to avoid letting the soil dry out.
- Light: Keep your Jasminum Nudiflorum in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis.
- Soil: Make sure to keep the Winter Jasmine in soil with well-draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.
That’s it – sunlight, water and soil! The basic 3 fundamentals for all plant care, and with the Winter Jasmine this is no exception. With these three elements, your leafy friend will live healthy and happy.
Scientific / Botanical Aspects
In botanical terms, the Winter Jasmine belongs to the Oleaceae family, the genus Jasminum and the species Nudiflorum, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Jasminum Nudiflorum.
As with other Jasminum’s, the Winter Jasmine is a deciduous plant, which means it will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.
The Winter JasmineSouth East Tibet to Central China.
You might be wondering why your Winter Jasmine’s native region is important. Well, if you know where your plant originally came from, you’ll know which environment conditions it prefers, and with it, knowledge on how to replicate it at home.
With this in mind, the Jasminum Nudiflorum will be most used to the heat zones in the 6 – 9 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10a and the ideal climate zone is between 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
Growth and Size
In terms of size and growth, the Winter Jasmine is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.
But what exactly does this mean for your Winter Jasmine? How large a pot should you consider, how tall, how wide can it get? Let’s jump in…
The Jasminum Nudiflorum can grow up to 4′ – 15′ (120cm – 4.5m) in 4′ – 15′ (120cm – 4.5m) and 3′ – 6′ (90cm – 180cm) in 3′ – 6′ (90cm – 180cm).
In terms of watering, the Winter Jasmine is a fairly complicated plant to take care of.
This is mostly because it has a not so straightforward watering schedule and somewhat irregular watering needs.
Specifically, most experts agree that the Jasminum Nudiflorum needs evenly spread moist soil – try to avoid letting the soil dry out.
Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively low to average needs in terms of water.
As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Winter Jasmine in soil with well-draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive.
When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage, and moist properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times.
In our experience, the famous ‘thumb’ or ‘finger’ test is what works best for the Winter Jasmine since with it, you will be able to give it the right amount of water, every time – regardless of the environment or placement where you do decide to keep it.
As mentioned earlier, the Winter Jasmine prefers to have soil with good drainage, and moist properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.
In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.
Light and Exposure
In terms of light & exposure, the Winter Jasmine requires full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions.
Most experts agree that this climber will do well as long as you keep it in partial to full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.
Specifically, we recommend that you place your Jasminum Nudiflorum in little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to full and direct sun (more 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).
Being a deciduous plant, the Winter Jasmine will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.
But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (early, mid, late), and during the winter.
You can expect your Winter Jasmine to flower around the winter and in the spring months from January to March (winter) and from April to June (spring).
In particular, this climber is well known for its showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.
The Winter Jasmine produces some beautiful yellow, or black and gold/yellow flowers around this time of year.
The leaves from the Winter Jasmine have a beautiful green color during most of the year.
In particular, they have a compound (pinnately, bipinnately, palmately) arrangement with a opposite organization in its leaves.
You can expect the leaves from your Jasminum Nudiflorum to be around (< 1 inch) in size.
How should you then organize your garden to include your new Winter Jasmine? Here are some recommendations by expert gardeners.
Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of coastal garden styles.
In particular, the Winter Jasmine’s best location within your garden is in wall-side borders, ground covers, pergolas, arbors, trellises, banks and slopes, and in walls and fences, others use it for landscaping in a ground cover, espalier, or a mass planting.
Winter Jasmine’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Clematis, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.
Others consider that a nice Lantana will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!
Even though we covered a lot of care information for your Winter Jasmine, remember the basics: sunlight, soil and water, as these should be enough to grow a healthy plant at home.