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Jasmine Shrubs and Vines

Members of the Jasminum Genus


The jasmine shrubs and vines (lianas) belong to the Jasminum genus and feature beautiful white, yellow or pink flowers that give off a heady aroma. They are filed in the Oleaceae (Olive) family, where you will find other plants like olive (Olea europaea), border forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia), common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) and fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus).

As sometimes happens with common names, not all of the plants with jasmine in their common name are actually true jasmines. A notable example is the star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides), which is sometimes referred to as confederate jasmine for this reason.

1. Angel Wing Jasmine

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  • Latin Name: Jasminum nitidum
  • Other Common Names: Angelwing jasmine, windmill jasmine, shining jasmine, star jasmine, pinwheel jasmine, confederate jasmine
  • Native to: Papua New Guinea's Admiralty Islands
  • USDA Zones:Grows best in 10-11. Can be grown in 9 if planted in a protected area.
  • Height: If treated as a vine, the angelwing jasmine can be 15-20' or more long. If used as a shrub, it's usually pruned to be 2-4' tall.

2. Common Jasmine

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  • Latin Name: Jasminum officinale
  • Other Common Names: True jasmine, poet's jasmine, hardy jasmine, common white jasmine, jessamine
  • Native to: Central Asia
  • USDA Zones: 7-10. Zone 6 with protection.
  • Height: 7-15' tall

3. Italian Jasmine

  • Latin Name: Jasminum humile. This particular variety is 'Revolutum'.
  • Other Common Names: Yellow jasmine, yellow Nepal jasmine, Reeves' jasmine
  • Native to: Asia
  • USDA Zones: 8-11
  • Height: 5-15' tall

4. Pink Jasmine

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  • Latin Name: Jasminum polyanthum
  • Other Common Names: White jasmine, winter jasmine, pink star jasmine, climbing jasmine, Chinese jasmine
  • Native to: China
  • USDA Zones: 8-11
  • Height: This vine can be over 25' long

5. Primrose Jasmine

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  • Latin Name: Jasminum mesnyi
  • Other Common Names: Chinese jasmine, Japanese jasmine
  • Native to: Southwestern China
  • USDA Zones: 8-11
  • Height: About 2-6'

6. Royal Jasmine

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  • Latin Name: Jasminum rex
  • Other Common Names: Rex jasmine
  • Native to: Thailand
  • USDA Zones: 10-11
  • Height: Up to 8'

7. Sampaguita

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  • Latin Name: Jasminum sambac
  • Other Common Names: Philippine jasmine, pikake, Arabian jasmine, sacred jasmine, Asian jasmine
  • Native to: South and Southeast Asia
  • USDA Zones: 9-11
  • Height: 6-10' tall

Jasmine tea is made from the flowers of this species.

8. Stiff Jasmine

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  • Latin Name: Jasminum simplicifolium subsp. australiense. It may also be listed as Jasminum volubile.
  • Other Common Names: Wax jasmine, Australian wax jasmine
  • Native to: Australia
  • USDA Zones: Unknown
  • Height: 5' tall as a shrub, can be over 30' long as a vine

9. Winter Jasmine

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  • Latin Name: Jasminum nudiflorum
  • Other Common Names: Hardy jasmine
  • Native to: China
  • USDA Zones: 6-10
  • Height: 6-15'

10. Wild Jasmine

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  • Latin Name: Jasminum fruticans. It may also be found as Jasminum odoratissimum or Jasminum floridum.
  • Other Common Names: Most scented jasmine, yellow jasmine, fruity jasmine, sweetest jasmine, shrubby jasmine, Florida jasmine, hardy yellow jasmine
  • Native to: Southern Europe, Mediterranean area
  • USDA Zones: 6b-11
  • Height: 10-12' tall

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