Yellow Jasmine Plant
Here in the South, the yellow jasmine plant, Jasminum nudiflorum, is often confused with another sweet smelling vine: Carolina yellow jessamine but they are members of different plant clans.
Jasminum nudiflorum is 1 of 2 (Jasminum officinale is the other) cold hardy jasmine plants. Most of the other varieties are somewhat tender.
The cheerful yellow blossoms of winter jasmine can be used to good effect in gardens from USDA zone 6-10.
In the northernmost end of its range, it may be confused with forsythia. Winter jasmine's earlier bloom and green stems will give its true identity away.
The tubular flowers flare into 6 lobes. They are borne all along the stems from November to April (depending on your zone) after the shiny, 3-lobed leaves have dropped.
Yellow jasmine will thrive in sunny or shady positions. It is drought tolerant but will perform best if provided with regular water and occasionally fed.
Prune it after the flower show ends. Let it grow unrestrained for the first few years. Then, cut out a third of the oldest stems at the base each year to keep the wood young and productive. Head the remaining stems back to whatever height you like.
This yellow jasmine plant has been made into bonsai.
I included this picture to show you how versatile this sprawling vine is. Though its narrow stems will easily grow to a length of 10 feet, this is not a climbing vine. Unlike those of most ofter jasmines, its stems do not twine. They need to be tied to their support.
Winter jasmine looks best when trained against a wall. To do this, place a trellis before the wall and tie a few of the long stems to it. It will be especially fetching once the stems grow long enough to spill over the other side of the wall.
You can also set it off by itself and allow it to form a spreading mound if you have the space. I say spreading because the stems will root wherever they touch the soil. Consider yourself forewarned.
A tough plant that needs no pampering.
Arabian jasmine or sambac jasmine is an easy to grow plant that produces sweetly fragrant flowers. Jasminum sambac is the national plant of Philippines, and the flower is extensively used in Indian weddings.
It is also used to make jasmine flower tea, leis and perfumes. It is the jasmine most often used to give commercial products the familiar jasmine fragrance.
Confederate Jasmine Vine
Night Blooming Jasmine