Winter Jasmine Growing Guide

Jasminum nudiflorum

Winter Jasmine

Crop Rotation Group



Fertile, well drained soil with a near neutral pH.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Yes, winter jasmine is a winter hardy deciduous shrub, tolerating cold to -5°F (-15°C).


None generally needed.


Single Plants: 5' 10" (1.80m) each way (minimum)
Rows: 5' 10" (1.80m) with 5' 10" (1.80m) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Winter jasmine is best started from a purchased plant set out in spring. Container-grown plants can be transplanted until early summer, but they will not bloom again until the following year. Established plants are easy to propagate using the method known as layering. Bend a long branch until its tip is in contact with soil. Cover the stem with a bit of soil and a brick or other weight. After the stem develops roots, it can be dug up and planted elsewhere. Winter jasmine also can be propagated by rooting stem cuttings taken in spring, after the plants finish blooming. Winter jasmine needs regular water for the first year or two after planting. Once the plants are established, they need water only during droughts. Allow 6 feet (2 m) between plants when planting winter jasmine as a hedge. For containers, place one plant per 14-inch (35 cm) wide pot. Install a small trellis to help hold some of the long stems that will grow the first year. Winter jasmine is a popular plant for outdoor bonsai.
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Native to China, winter jasmine blooms in late winter when most other plants are still dormant. The natural ramblers can be used to cover slopes or walls. Winter jasmines are often used in urban landscapes to soften large spans of concrete.


In late winter, winter jasmine can be forced to bloom indoors. Smash the cut ends with a hammer to help them take up water, and place the stems in a tall vase, changing the water every other day. Prune winter jasmine in spring, after the flowers have gone, to shape the plants and control their size. Though winter jasmine can be sheared into tight shapes, the plants look best when allowed to grow into rounded or cascading bushes.


Pests and diseases are uncommon with winter jasmine. The plants are rarely browsed by deer.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Winter Jasmine