Jasminum sambac (L.) Sol.

Arabian Jasmine

Family: Oleaceae

Genus: Jasminum

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 9 to 10

Size: To 10' tall

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Shrub or vine. White, fragrant flowers from June to September. Leaves are opposite or whorled in threes. Needs regular water, well-drained soil and organic matter. Can be grown in zone 8 but it will freeze to the ground and return from the roots provided it is well mulched.

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Native to India. National flower of the Philippines.

First published in Hort. Kew. 1: 8 in 1789. Basionym is Nyctanthes sambac L.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 1 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. Clusius tells us that it was received at Florence from Cairo as a novelty, in the year 1660; the date probably of its standing in that part of Europe, where it has become universal.

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Mogorium sambac (L.) Lam. - synonym

Nyctanthes sambac L. - basionym

Nyctanthes grandiflora Lour. - synonym of Jasminum arborescens Roxb.


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