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Gardenia jasminoides 'Aimee'

Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Gardenia (gar-DEEN-ya) (Info)
Species: jasminoides (jaz-min-OY-deez) (Info)
Cultivar: Aimee
Additional cultivar information: (aka First Love)

Synonym:Gardenia angusta
Synonym:Gardenia augusta
Synonym:Gardenia florida
Synonym:Gardenia grandiflora
Synonym:Gardenia radicans

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

23 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings
By grafting
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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6 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive FraniS On Jun 7, 2013, FraniS from Cape Coral, FL wrote:

I have this gardenia and it's bloomed well for several years. But every year it gets a bad infestation of scale. Is there a systemic I can use to prevent this?

Positive Aslan89 On Apr 12, 2012, Aslan89 from Harlingen, TX wrote:

Very beautiful gardenia! Large flowers, fairly quick growth, and very floriferous in my opinion. I know someone else had mentioned that it wasn't but it has bloomed at least as much as my 'august beauty' gardenias (which was a lot this year). I just uploaded a new picture of my large tree version that is full of blooms now. It has about 18 open blooms on it and I would estimate about 100 buds growing. It seems like new ones open every day :)

Neutral musaboru On Nov 12, 2011, musaboru from Ontario, CA wrote:

Huge flowers but not as floriferous as other varieties. I personally won't be buying this one again anytime soon and will focus on the smaller and more floriferous varieties such as Chuck Hayes.

This is in response to Aslan89: The plants I comparing it to were smaller size plant. I did see some larger mature plants and they had lots of flowers! It is quite florific. :)

Positive daddysgirl1800 On Nov 1, 2010, daddysgirl1800 from Lake City, TN wrote:

I bought two of the Aimee Gardenias and they are growing fast! I love them, they are very beautiful and healthy plants! I will buy from her again! Thanks, Jacquie!

Negative WendyRands On Jul 6, 2010, WendyRands from Westwood, MA wrote:

I bought this plant in May, because I love the intoxicating scent of gardenia. Unfortunately since taking it home, it has started looking terrible! (I live a little south of Boston). I put it on my sunny deck, and noticed that the leaves are turning yellow, and the unopened blooms have turned brown. I don't know if it has a disease, or if it's something I can fix, but I am so disappointed! If anyone has any ideas...(???)

Positive JBerger On Jul 26, 2009, JBerger from Wrightstown, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have had this Aimee Gardenia Tree since May of this year. It has not stopped blooming since then. I have it in full sun and give it water everyday. It will be a Greenhouse plant come Winter. I cut the flowers for use in vases in the house. The cuttings are rooting after the blooms are removed. The plant is growing new growths where I cut blooms. Completely remarkable, beautiful plant.
It is also known as Aimee Yoshioka developed by Tadaoki Yoshioka in Hawaii. It is named after his daughter who was killed in a plane crash in Dallas in 1984.

Positive passiflora07 On Mar 26, 2009, passiflora07 from Fern Park, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Just got one of these today, and it smells HEAVENLY, and the blooms are stunning! Mine is pruned into a little topiary-looking tree. We'll see how it does...

Positive TLeaves On Aug 23, 2007, TLeaves from Ramona, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

My favorite gardenia cultivar. Very large, beautiful, fragrant flowers.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 24, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Has fully double, 4-5" wide, creamy white blooms.

AKA 'Aimee'.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Del Mar, California
Ontario, California
Redwood City, California
San Diego, California
San Jose, California
Santa Clara, California
Cape Coral, Florida
Deland, Florida
Lake Worth, Florida
Leesburg, Florida
Oviedo, Florida
Pinellas Park, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Williamsburg, Ohio
Lake City, Tennessee
Anderson, Texas
Austin, Texas
Colmesneil, Texas
Frisco, Texas
Harlingen, Texas
Lewisville, Texas
Plano, Texas

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