Native to China, the Jasminum Nudiflorum is a beautiful winter flowering jasmine. It is more commonly known as winter jasmine due to its winter flowering habit, or sometimes Jasminum Sieboldianum. It benefits are numerous enough for the RHS to give it the Award of Garden Merit. Like most winter flowering deciduous shrubs, winter flowered jasmine produces its flowers before foliage appears. The early flowering blooms are fragrant and attract any early waking pollinators. These bright yellow blooms, measuring 2.5 centimetres, brighten the dull winter months from December to March, easily defeating the wet UK weather. They appear suddenly on bright green stems that give the impression winter jasmine is evergreen, even though its foliage drops in the cold months. Foliage appears in spring. The leaves are small and trifoliate, adorning long, arching branches and shooting out tendrils that scramble up a wall or trellis. Winter flowering jasmine is medium-sized. It will grow to a height of 1.5 to 2.5 metres and spread over the same distance. It will take five to ten years to reach these heights.
How Hardy Is Jasminum Nudiflorum? Winter jasmine is hardy in most places of the UK even in cold winters. Keep its roots out of constantly waterlogged conditions to avoid rot.
How To Use Jasminum Nudiflorum Winter flowering jasmine is best grown on a trellis or wire. Its shrubby habit covers unsightly areas and the strong framework means it remains in place once trained. It will scramble up a low wall or a bank if left untouched. Because winter jasmine does not twine like many other jasmines, it is easy to train and simply requires you tie vigorous shoots to the frame work.
How To Care For Jasminum Nudiflorum Winter flowering jasmine is not particular about its soil or pH. It will thrive in most soils that are fertile and well-drained. It enjoys full sun, and looks its best with the morning sun on its bright yellow blooms, but it will also grow well in partial shade too. Each winter remember to mulch thickly around the base to encourage fresh healthy shoots and a good amount of growth that year. Cut back any excess growth after flowering, cutting back to a strong bud. If you need to manage its height, cut established shrubs back by a quarter. Regular pruning keeps winter jasmine healthy and encourages bushy growth rather than vertical height.
If you’re looking for a cheerful winter flowering climber to cover a bare patch, winter flowering jasmine is a great choice. Its RHS award attests to its reliability and ease of growth. It’s a top notch shrub that every gardener should enjoy.