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Gardenia jasminoides 'Kleim's Hardy'

Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Gardenia (gar-DEEN-ya) (Info)
Species: jasminoides (jaz-min-OY-deez) (Info)
Cultivar: Kleim's Hardy

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

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade


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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5 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wayfarers On Jun 6, 2008, wayfarers from Washington, DC (Zone 6b) wrote:

2" single, fragrant ivory flowers blooming in late spring into summer; lustrous dark green leaves. A slow growing, low mounded evergreen reaching 2 to 3 feet high and wide. Mine has been growing in a pot on my roof for two years, I do not bring it in for the winter and is doing very well.

Positive JBerger On Jan 26, 2008, JBerger from Wrightstown, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have only one stock plant that I put in the greenhouse in the winter months. I have about 16 cuttings that are doing very well. they were transplanted into 3" pots 10/3/07. The stock plant is not looking too happy just now and I am concerned that it is too warm in the greenhouse for it. On the other hand, it is much too cold to keep it outside. Time will tell.
Our weather has been very unsettled and it is difficult to keep the greenhouse at a steady temp.

Positive joegee On Jan 3, 2007, joegee from Bucyrus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

A fragrant, very hardy single-flowered variety of gardenia. Worth a try with protection as far north as Southern Ohio. Likes kept moist, can burn in too direct of sunlight, can tolerate salt and less-than-perfect soil.


I am VERY excited! Today I have a green bud. With adequate siting, attention to microclimate, and mulching of the roots, Kleim's Hardy is root hardy to north central Ohio. -8 F, and a blizzard. Today I still have a gardenia. This is one tough plant! :)

Positive eileenbaney On Aug 24, 2006, eileenbaney from Crestview, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have 2 plants growing in pots. They're both not blooming now as I think it is too hot this time of the year. I have them indoors for the winter the last 2 years but I am planning to put them in the ground next year. I've seen some plants in my neighborhood and they seem to survive the frost in the winter. However they tend to become very bushy.

Positive growin On Jan 2, 2006, growin from Vancouver, BC (Zone 8b) wrote:

Reliably hardy, evergreen small shrub. Blooms are smaller than florist gardenia. Fragrant blooms add a tropical feel to a temperate garden. My plants have survived snow, frost and temperatures down to -10C in containers.


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

Anniston, Alabama
Little Rock, Arkansas
Carlsbad, California
Hesperia, California
San Anselmo, California
Denver, Colorado
Lewes, Delaware
Wilmington, Delaware
Washington, District Of Columbia
Crestview, Florida
Navarre, Florida
Marietta, Georgia
Winterville, Georgia
Wrightstown, New Jersey
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Prosperity, South Carolina
Germantown, Tennessee
Middleton, Tennessee
Houston, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Richmond, Virginia
Stafford, Virginia
Bremerton, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Walla Walla, Washington

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