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Jasminum nitidum

Jasminum nitidum
star jasmine; confederate jasmine
Jasminum nitidum

Common name star jasmine; confederate jasmine
Family oleaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z9-11)
Flowers white (late spring-summer)
Size 2-4'
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil, not too dry

Woody vine native to Papua New Guinea that is usually pruned into a small shrub in the landscape. Its top growth is tender, liable to perish even during cold snaps in Houston's mild winters, but in zone 8 growth is likely to return from the roots. So far we're enjoying the white spidery flowers that emerge every morning from elongated purple buds and last only a day, along with the attractive glossy-green pointy leaves.
Our plant got hit hard by the severe freeze in January 2018, losing all its top growth – but started putting out a couple of sprigs of new growth by mid-March. Not too much later, it was back in full form, sending its lanky branches in all directions. In the milder winters that followed, the top growth wasn't bothered by occasional light freezes.
While this is not a vine like many of its jasmine cousins, its growth, with lax branches extending their reach far beyond the base of the plant does have vine-like tendencies, and necessitates pruning for size on occasion.

star jasmine; confederate jasmine
Tentative regrowth in mid-March '18
Jasminum nitidum
Contrasting dark-burgundy new growth in December
star jasmine; confederate jasmine
Regrowth in late April after '21 megafreeze
Jasminum nitidum
Our specimen claims quite a bit of space in the border adjacent to our bedroom windows. Here it is nicely in bloom in early June.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: foundation border, right-fence nursery area

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