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Jessamine Carolina

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  • Climbing semi to evergreen vine with shiny dark green foliage
  • Can exceed 20 ft in length!
  • Hardy in USDA zones 7 – 10
  • Plant in a full sun location
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Description

Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) is a vigorous climbing semi-evergreen to evergreen vine with shiny dark green foliage. In late winter to early spring Carolina will put on a beautiful display of fragrant trumpet-shaped yellow flowers in the late winter and spring. The stems of the Carolina Jessamine can exceed 20 feet in length and will wind itself into almost anything it comes into contact with.

Carolina Jessamine is extremely easy to grow which is one of the main selling points for gardeners who purchase it. Since it is a vine, they are usually found sprawling across patios and entryways or up/over trellises and pergolas. If you would like you could even use it as a container plant or as a ground cover along banks to help alleviate erosion.

Carolina Jessamine Care

Sunlight Requirements for Carolina Jessamine

The Carolina Jessamine thrives under full sun but will also tolerate partial shade conditions without much of a fuss. It will flower in both, but the best and healthiest blooms will be produced when exposed to 6 - 8 hours of uninterrupted sunlight. In addition to the blooms, the foliage will also grow to become much dense when full sun exposure is provided.

Is Carolina Jessamine Cold Hardy?

Cold hardy from USDA zones 7 - 10 Jessamine is tolerant of temperatures ranging from approximately 64° - 90°. As the cooler weather approaches the yellow flowers will begin to bloom! If you live outside of the recommended zones of growth you should have no problems with container growing which will allow you to bring this vine indoors.

This vine is highly adaptable and will grow in a variety of conditions. Rich, well-drained soil that remains moist is ideal for growth, but it will also withstand drought like conditions once established.

Watering you Carolina Jessamine

As we have already established, the Jessamine enjoys rich and well-draining soil. Until it has become established water regularly. Once established they are quite drought tolerant, but still respond well to routine watering. If you would like to fertilize do so in the spring using either a slow-release general purpose fertilizer or 2 - 3 inches of compost, leaf mold or aged manure which are all ideal.

When to Prune Your Carolina Jessamine

If you allow your Jessamine to do as it pleases you will soon discover that it will grow wildly, and its foliage will begin to grow at the far reaches of the vines. After the flowers have faded cut back the tips of the vines as this will encourage fuller growth on the lower half of the stems.

In addition to pruning after flowering season you can cut back laterally growing vines that stray away from the climbing area and removed any that are dead or damaged. You are able to cut Carolina Jessamine down to a minimum of 3 feet without causing any harm or damage.

Care & Use

Getting Started: Understanding Your New Plant

Review your plant's information on our website or the tag that comes with it. Be mindful of sunlight preferences, soil type, and spacing needs.

Our plants are adaptable but grow best in the correct USDA Zones. Click here to learn more about your USDA Zone.

Planting Instructions

Dig a Hole

First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Dig the hole deep enough that your plant will sit level with or slightly above the ground around it.

Amend Your Soil

Mix your native soil with rich gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. If your soil is clay-heavy, we recommend mixing your native clay soil with equal parts of Pine Bark mulch to improve drainage and the overall breathability of your soil.

Place Your Plant

Examine the roots. If they appear tightly bound, gently coax them apart; this ensures they can spread into the new soil. Place your plant in the hole so the top of the rootball is even with the surrounding soil—Backfill around it with the amended soil mixture. The roots need access to oxygen for your plant to thrive, so do not cover the rootball; place soil around it.

Mulch Your Plants

Top the soil beneath your plant with 3-4 inches of mulch to help it retain moisture. Be careful not to cover the rootball - your new plants roots need access to oxygen.

Water Your Plant

Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Develop a regular watering schedule based on your plant's needs and local weather patterns. Remember, over watering is just as, if not more, harmful than under watering.

Spacing Recommendations

Spacing Your Carolina Jessamine Vine

If using as a ground cover plant space 3-4 feet apart. If using as a trellis plant space 2-3 feet apart.

  • Scientific Name
    Gelsemium sempervirens
  • Hardiness Zone
    7, 8, 9, 10
  • Sun Exposure
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Evergreen
  • Features
    Aromatic, Flowering
  • Feature Color
    Green, Yellow
  • Uses
    Climber, Groundcover
  • Water Needs
    Medium
  • Bloom Season
    Winter, Spring

Growing Zones : 7, 8, 9, and 10

Map of USDA Zones 7-10

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Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) is a vigorous climbing semi-evergreen to evergreen vine with shiny dark green foliage. In late winter to early spring Carolina will put on a beautiful display of fragrant trumpet-shaped yellow flowers in the late winter and spring. The stems of the Carolina Jessamine can exceed 20 feet in length and will wind itself into almost anything it comes into contact with.

Carolina Jessamine is extremely easy to grow which is one of the main selling points for gardeners who purchase it. Since it is a vine, they are usually found sprawling across patios and entryways or up/over trellises and pergolas. If you would like you could even use it as a container plant or as a ground cover along banks to help alleviate erosion.

Carolina Jessamine Care

Sunlight Requirements for Carolina Jessamine

The Carolina Jessamine thrives under full sun but will also tolerate partial shade conditions without much of a fuss. It will flower in both, but the best and healthiest blooms will be produced when exposed to 6 - 8 hours of uninterrupted sunlight. In addition to the blooms, the foliage will also grow to become much dense when full sun exposure is provided.

Is Carolina Jessamine Cold Hardy?

Cold hardy from USDA zones 7 - 10 Jessamine is tolerant of temperatures ranging from approximately 64° - 90°. As the cooler weather approaches the yellow flowers will begin to bloom! If you live outside of the recommended zones of growth you should have no problems with container growing which will allow you to bring this vine indoors.

This vine is highly adaptable and will grow in a variety of conditions. Rich, well-drained soil that remains moist is ideal for growth, but it will also withstand drought like conditions once established.

Watering you Carolina Jessamine

As we have already established, the Jessamine enjoys rich and well-draining soil. Until it has become established water regularly. Once established they are quite drought tolerant, but still respond well to routine watering. If you would like to fertilize do so in the spring using either a slow-release general purpose fertilizer or 2 - 3 inches of compost, leaf mold or aged manure which are all ideal.

When to Prune Your Carolina Jessamine

If you allow your Jessamine to do as it pleases you will soon discover that it will grow wildly, and its foliage will begin to grow at the far reaches of the vines. After the flowers have faded cut back the tips of the vines as this will encourage fuller growth on the lower half of the stems.

In addition to pruning after flowering season you can cut back laterally growing vines that stray away from the climbing area and removed any that are dead or damaged. You are able to cut Carolina Jessamine down to a minimum of 3 feet without causing any harm or damage.

Pot size

  • 2.5 Quart
  • 2.4 Gallon
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