Carolina Jessamine

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Carolina Jessamine, also called Gelsemium Jasmine, is a native vine beloved for brilliant displays of bright yellow blossoms on well-mannered vines. Blooming late winter to early spring with large, trumpet-shaped flowers that are sweetly fragrant and provide an early source of nectar to butterflies and hummingbirds. Plants are extremely resistant to deer damage, as all parts of the plant are poisonous. (Gelsemium sempervirens)
Zones 7 - 10
Advantages
Native
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Evergreen
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Good For Hedge / Screen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size144-240" tall (12-20 feet) , 72-96" wide (6-8 feet)
Bloom TimeMid winter to early spring
SizePlant - 3" Pot
SKUAM017343

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
144-240" tall (12-20 feet) x 72-96" tall (6-8 feet) wide. Adored for its flush of blossoms early in the season, Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium Jasmine) also provides glossy, elongated foliage throughout the year. Plants are evergreen in southern gardens and semi-evergreen in more northerly regions, often developing yellow to purple hues in winter. Vines climb readily without training, but are not overly aggressive. (This vine will not swallow trees.) Provide a sturdy trellis or allow vines to scramble along fences and up arbors. Plants can also be naturalized as a groundcover on slopes and banks. Birds often nest or seek winter shelter among the dense growth. Plants can become top heavy or sparse with age. Rejuvenate by pruning vines soon after they finish flowering. Plants thrive in moist, well-drained soils, but tolerate a range of growing conditions and periods of drought. Plant in full sun for best flowering, though plants grow well in partial shade. Note: All parts of the plant are poisonous.
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SKUAM017343
Item Package Size
Plant - 3" Pot
Common Name
Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium Jasmine)
Botanical Name
Gelsemium sempervirens
Zones
7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Yellow
Flower Size
1.5" flowers
Mature Height
144-240" tall (12-20 feet)
Estimated Mature Spread
72-96" wide (6-8 feet)
Growth Rate
Medium
Bloom Time
Mid winter to early spring
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Foliage
Glossy, light green, lance shaped foliage.
Evergreen
Yes
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture
Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Tolerates
Humidity
Advantages
Native, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Evergreen, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Good For Hedge / Screen
Ideal Region
Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Neonicotinoid Free
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
Poisonous if ingested.
Native To
Yes
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
No
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