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PlantFiles: Vietnamese Gardenia
Gardenia vietnamensis

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

One vendor has this plant for sale.

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Anthurium1 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 giving it a positive rating because it is a "survivor" and a very nice, fragrant patio plant for a large container.

Positive astcgirl On Nov 16, 2007, astcgirl from Davidsonville, MD (Zone 6b) 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, 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 and water it whenever it looks really does like to be moist. I have noticed that it gets lots of thrips on an open bloombut they do not do any damage that I can tell, they do not deform the leaves of flower at all. No other pests have bothered it. Overall a wonderful plant.


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

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