Georgia Gardener Newsletter Cool Plant: March 19, 2009

Carolina Jessamine
Gelsemium sempervirens

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Species Native Range: Southern U.S.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 7-10
Mature Size: 25-30+ feet
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Soil: Moist to dry
Drought Tolerance: Excellent
Ease of Culture: Easy

Carolina jessamine is an evergreen twining vine native to Georgia and other southern states. It's extremely fast growing and produces yellow fragrant tubular flowers in the very early spring and sporadically throughout the season.

Plant CJ in full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil on a fence or arbor where it has plenty of room to grow. This vine is probably too big to be contained on a mailbox. Prune as needed to keep in bounds after flowering. Good companion plantings nearby include loropetlum, flowering cherries, saucer magnolias and other early blooming plants.


This plant is readily available from most retail nurseries. Please support your locally-owned nurseries.

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