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Tabernaemontana divaricata

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tabernaemontana (tab-er-nay-MON-tah-nuh) (Info)
Species: divaricata (dy-vair-ih-KAY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Tabernaemontana coronaria

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10 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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5 positives
4 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative plantaholique On Sep 7, 2010, plantaholique from Sarasota, FL wrote:

I have moved this plant 3 times, trying to find a place where it is happy. I have a very green thumb, but this plant is mystifying. No matter where I move it or what I do, most of the buds have brown edges and fall over. The blooms that make it are usually brown around the edges, and have no fragrance whatsoever. The foliage is nice and green and glossy, but the flowers are awful. The rest of my garden looks awesome, except this plant. I have tried more water, less water, more fertilizer, less fertilizer, more sun, more shade, all to no avail. The only good thing it did was bounce back after the terrible freeze we had last winter. Now I have it in full sun and am neglecting it, though it gets watered when I run the irrigation, and from the rainy season. The leaves as usual are green and glossy, but there are no blooms. It's better than brown-edged booms!

Positive GeorgianneCan On Apr 24, 2006, GeorgianneCan from Markham
Canada wrote:

This gorgeous plant grows in my sister-in-law's lush garden in Kingston, Jamaica. She planted it by the front entrance so that its glossy leaves and fragrant flowers can be enjoyed by all who visit.

Positive someday101 On Nov 10, 2005, someday101 from San Antonio, TX wrote:

I have 2 plants of this variety. Neither are fragrant. Flowers last quite a while and really stand out against the green foliage. Bloom continually. It's fall and they are in full bloom.

I have recently transplanted them to the ground and they are taking nicely.

Winter has not passed so I can't tell you if the will survive the frost. San Antonio, Usually does not have harsh winters but with Mother Nature being unpredictable lately.

I will update in spring with a status update on this zone 9-10 plant in a 8B region. Mine is non-fragrant but every post and weblisting I have read says that it has a fragrance.

Update on March 31, 2006

San Antonio did have a hard freeze and plants did freeze but they are coming back from the root. They, however are not fragrant. .
Update on January 30, 2007

The plants did not freeze this year and San Antonio has had many days below freezing. However, growth has slowed. It peaked at 2 ft. Has not grown since June 2006.
Positive suncatcheracres On Sep 20, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

This plant was one of the few surviving shrubs in the yard of a house I bought in St. Petersburg, Florida, zone 9b. The house had been a rental for years, and the yard was really neglected, so I really enjoyed this plant in my front yard right from the beginning. Some years it would stay evergreen if we had a mild winter, and other winters it would frost to the ground. Then I would wait until mid-March, or after all danger of frost was past, and chop out all the old dead branches, and by mid Summer the plant would be at least six feet tall and as wide. It was in part shade, and bloomed sporatically, but especially at night the fragrance would wax through the living room windows--just delightful.

I suspect this particular plant was planted in the mid 1950's, when the house was built. We were North of its range, but I suppose it had acclimitized itself over the years, and I always mulched the roots heavily each year against surprise late freezes.

Neutral KathyA On Sep 16, 2003, KathyA wrote:

I remember when I was a child we had this in our home. It was a small tree like plant in a big container. My father would bring it inside for winters. And in spring, when there was no chance of frost, he would have moved it outside. It was very fragnance, as I used to pick up the flower and put it in my school back and my pocket to enjoy the smell. I can not remember that it needed a lot of care.

Neutral luvjasmine On Aug 11, 2003, luvjasmine wrote:

I received this Jasmine plant as a Mother's Day Gift. I love the aroma and the foliage. However, I live in southern New Jersey and we do get some severe low temperatures in the winter. I was told this plant is tropical, but I have tried to winter over other tropicals without any success.

Positive flafrench On Apr 27, 2003, flafrench from Largo, FL wrote:

We have two of these plants in our back yard. They are both trees and are about 10-15 ft. tall. They are growing in partial shade under many large oak trees. The flowers have very little to no fragrance. They have just started blooming 4/2003. Very pretty.

Positive franci On Oct 12, 2002, franci wrote:

Crepe Jasmine in your list - known by me as Rose Jasmine. A VERY fragrant two inch diameter white blossom. My mother received this plant from a friend who had lived in South Africa. It is a sprawling bush, sending out branches that sometimes take root where they touch the ground. Blooms on and off. Blooms, when picked, do not last very long and turn brown. Quite hardy to hot sun and cold weather. Easy to start cuttings.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 26, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Plant originated in India. Grows at a medium pace. Somewhat salt tolerant. Prefers full sun to partial shade. Flowers have a slight fragrance.

Neutral Dinu On Jul 2, 2002, Dinu from Mysore
India (Zone 10a) wrote:

When the monsoon rains begin, I have found that the green coloured, slender butterfly larvae (about 1-4cm long) select this particular plant. It sticks the long ends of the leaf together with a white thread like sticky thing and makes it into a little purse, eats up the leaf from inside and leaves for another leaf. Perhaps it is its way of protecting from its predators. I still wonder from where it comes from because I notice new larvae in the mornings. I remove them by hand. Have to try some organic pesticide.

The petals are used for decorating the eye lids. The insides are lined with this. It is a coolant. The petals are ground to make a paste, then placed on a clean clay tile and a little oil lamp is placed under it so that the flame heats up the tile. It is left overnight and the paste becomes black. This is used for the purpose mentioned above.


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

Bartow, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Largo, Florida
Naples, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Thonotosassa, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Galveston, Texas
Houston, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spring, Texas

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