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Vietnamese Gardenia

Gardenia vietnamensis

Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Gardenia (gar-DEEN-ya) (Info)
Species: vietnamensis (vee-et-num-EN-sees) (Info)



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Brandon, Florida

Naples, Florida

Tampa, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida (2 reports)

Saint Helena Island, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 14, 2012, Anthurium1 from West Palm Beach, FL wrote:

I bought this gardenia at a botanical garden plant sale in 2006 and grew it in a pot where it was very happy and healthy. Several years later, when it outgrew the pot, I planted it in the garden where it went downhill immediately. I moved it to another planting area and it did no better. I dug it up and put it back in a pot, almost bare-rooted at this point. I didn't think it would survive. It not only came back with vigourous growth, but it was ready to be potted up to a larger vessel within a few months and had a healthy root ball again. The soil on my property is sandy and marly and I believe too basic to support good growth on this plant which seems to prefer acidic conditions which I can give it in a container.Even though I had problems trying to place this plant in my garden, I'm gi... read more


On Nov 16, 2007, astcgirl from Brandon, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I purchased this plant from the wonderful people at Crowleys. They told me that it was an easy Gardenia to grow and wouldn't have the troubles that most other gardenias have..ie, pests & yellowing leaves. So far it has lived up to that reputation. I have it in the ground in morning sun/afternoon shade. It does like more water than my other gardenias, it can only go 2-3 days before wilting but then wants a thorough watering. Also I love the smell of this gardenia, it's not as strong and over-powering as the common gardenia.

UPDATE April 2009: over a year long I've had this now and I had to take it out of the ground, it would continually wilt and just wasn't happy, I placed it in a pot and it has taken off like crazy. I feed it coffee grounds and banana's every couple of weeks... read more