Parent: Serissa japonica
Category: Shrub - Evergreen
Zones: 7 to 9
Size: 2 to 3' tall and wide
Growth Rate: Slow
Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade
Tiny, white, star-shaped flowers intermittently from spring through autumn, small dark green leaves with much heavier variegation than the other cultivars - white marginal variegation and central banding, compact, dense plant. The leaves are supposed to be malodorous when bruised. Needs a moist soil and will do well in a soil that retains moisture. Popular for bonsai in Japan. Do not water if the leaves drop as the roots will rot. Prune periodically if leggy.
Native to southeastern Asia where it grows in open woodlands and wet meadows.
- Serissa japonica 'Gold Rim'
- Serissa japonica 'Kyoto'
- Serissa japonica 'Snow Rose'
- Serissa japonica 'Variegata'
- Serissa japonica 'Variegated Pink'
I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Nurseries Caroliniana in September 2010 and planted it in the 'One Of Everything' garden. It died back to the ground over the winter but came back from the roots in spring. It did not get any larger in 2011 than it had been the previous year, about 9" tall and wide. The leaves mostly dropped in the first cold spell of autumn 2011 but it came back in 2012, although it has remained small.