Gardenia jasminoides J.Ellis

Gardenia, Cape Jessamine

Family: Rubiaceae

Genus: Gardenia

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: (7)8 to 11

Size: 4 to 6' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Dark green foliage to 4" long, 2" wide, opposite or in whorls of three, lighter below, leathery. Terminal flowers, fragrant, white, in spring to summer, sometimes repeating in early autumn. Problems with powdery mildew, scale, aphids, whiteflies. Yellowing of leaves caused by hard water, lack or iron or too alkaline soil.



Published in Philos. Trans. 51: 2: 935 in 1761.

Native to China, Taiwan, Japan and Vietnam.

Synonym is Gardenia radicans Thunb. Also Gardenia augusta (L.) Merr., Gardenia florida L., Varneria augusta L.

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