Jasminum polyanthum Franch.
Pink jasmine, white jasmine
Native to southeastern China, pink jasmine has become naturalized in Australia and New Zealand, where in some areas it is considered an invasive species. It is not found in the wild in North America, though it is popular with gardeners.
Identification: Plants produce twining vines that can reach 20′ (6.1 m). Leaves occur in groups of 5-7, each 2-4″ (5-10 cm) long and ½-1″ (1.3-2.5 cm) wide. They are dark green on top, lighter on the bottom, narrow and somewhat wavy, with smooth edges. Vines form profuse pink buds that open into five-petaled white flowers with a wonderful scent. Flowers are about ¾″ (2 cm) in diameter. Berries are black, ⅛-⅜″ (6-11 mm) around.
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|Plant||Plants produce twining vines that can reach 20′ (6.1 m).||Shrubs or vines up to 1½-9½′ (50-300 cm) high.|
|Flowers||Profuse pink buds that open into five-petaled ¾″ (2 cm) white flowers with a wonderful scent.||White, waxy-looking, ¾-1″ (2-3 cm) in diameter, with 5-9 lobes. Flowers form on the ends of branches, in clusters of 3-12. They open at night, released a strong, pleasant scent, and turn somewhat pink as they age.|
|Leaves||In groups of 5-7, each 2-4″ (5-10 cm) long and ½-1″ (1.3-2.5 cm) wide. They are dark green on top, lighter on the bottom, somewhat wavy, with smooth edges.||Oval in shape, with sharp tips, 1½-5″ (4-12 cm) × ¾-3″ (2-7.5 cm). Leaf stems are 1/16-⅛″ (2-6 mm) long. They are smooth and shiny.|
|Fruit||Black, ⅛-⅜″ (6-11 mm) around.||Purple to black berries ⅜″ (1 cm) in diameter.|
USDA Zones: 8-11
USDA Zones: 9-11
in Paghat's Garden
Jasminum polyanthum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Sep 2020.
Range: Zones 8-11: