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 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... read more