Jasminum Species, Common White Jasmine, Poet's Jasmine, Summer Jasmine, True Jasmine

Jasminum officinale

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Jasminum (JAZ-mih-num) (Info)
Species: officinale (oh-fiss-ih-NAH-lee) (Info)


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

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)

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

By simple layering

By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Glendale, Arizona

Capistrano Beach, California

Davis, California

Fallbrook, California(5 reports)

La Jolla, California

Laguna Beach, California

Lakeside, California

San Clemente, California

Santa Rosa, California

Davenport, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Lake Mary, Florida

Melbourne, Florida

Orlando, Florida(5 reports)

Riverview, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Bloomington, Indiana

Bishopville, Maryland

Ellicott City, Maryland

Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Piscataway, New Jersey

Brooklyn, New York

Grove City, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Lititz, Pennsylvania

Malvern, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Harper, Texas

Houston, Texas(2 reports)

Junction, Texas

Sugar Land, Texas

Charlottesville, Virginia

Belfair, Washington

North Sultan, Washington

Sultan, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 2, 2016, Engarden from Santa Rosa, CA wrote:

This jasmine has proved drought Hardy for me. It has white buds opening to pure white flowers. (J. Polyanthum has dark pink buds) Less flowers than polyanthum, the sepals are long and spidery (polyanthum has short sepals), the fragrance is the cleaner smell of Chinese narcissus, polyanthum has the overpowering smell of paper whites. This jasmine seems to be rarely grown, all over town people exclusively grow the polyanthum. Polyanthum may be less drought Hardy. Haven't tried it yet.


On Apr 17, 2016, DougMcKinney78 from Bloomington, IN wrote:

I grow Jasminum officinale 'Frojas' (Fiona Sunrise Jasmine) in my zone 6a garden in Bloomington, Indiana. It is planted along a wooden fence with extremely dry soil in the winter. It has overwintered there for more than ten years.

If I put the vines on the ground and cover them, they survive too. Otherwise, the vines will die to the ground and come back up in the spring.


On Aug 4, 2013, brugmaniac1 from Lititz, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I live near Lancaster, Pa., zone 6b/7a. I have had this plant for 4 years now. It is EXTREMELY hardy for me. I say 6b/7a because of the microclimate that it planted in. It is very fragrant!


On Sep 12, 2012, stephenp from Wirral, UK, Zone 9a,
United Kingdom (Zone 9a) wrote:

A climber which quickly creates a quite cover over walls, trellises and other means of supporting its growth. I can't say about other parts of the UK, but here J. officinale is used quite alot.. it flowers much less prolifically that J. polyanthum

The scent of the flower tends to be pleasant rather than overpowering.


On May 7, 2012, silkenquill from Virginia Beach, VA wrote:

I need to know whether this plant produces berries - there is one comment that says it does not yet there is mention of a seedhead. Thanks.


On Jan 21, 2012, otorongo from London,
United Kingdom (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant is evergreen here. Out of the 3 plants I have, the one that gets the most sun looks the happiest (but bear in mind, London is not the sunniest place on Earth). It attracts ladybugs.


On Sep 11, 2011, Tropicalnikko from Brisbane bayside,
Australia (Zone 11) wrote:

This jasmine is a favourite. It flowers densely in late winter to early spring. The scent fills the house as I have it outside front door. Such a shame it doesn't flower all year as the scent is so nice.

Grows in part sun here as it can't take the full mid day sun in Brisbane as it's far to intense. It loves morning or afternoon sun.


On Jun 8, 2007, LovelyFlowers from Las Vegas, NV (Zone 8b) wrote:

I recently purchased literally two leaves of Jasminum Officinale with healthy roots. I potted them in a 4inch pot and some branches have already started to dry out. The climate here in Las Vegas is hot and dry. I plan on babying them for a while in hope that they will do well in my climate. I do plan to plant them outside in the yard eventually. Has anyone in this area had good luck with this plant?


On Oct 16, 2006, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant's ability to winter over here in zone 7a without protection since the 90s has been a wonderful surprise.

To qualify "without protection", let me say that I stuck its roots (which a neighbor literally yanked out of the ground on his side of the hedge and handed them to me with their bare roots exposed to air) on either side of a gate in a yew hedge. It could be that the yew protects the jasmine from winter extremes. Our neighbor grew his through a weigela shrub. Our jasmine mingles with Rosa 'Alberic Barbier' and Clematis 'Max Ernst' above the yew (with a groundcover of cream/gray-green variegated periwinkle under the yew), and only becomes apparent when your nose catches an enchanting whif in June when you've forgotten it's there.

This plant i... read more


On Mar 11, 2005, txsdar from Harper, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I live about 60 miles NW of San Antonio. I have had this plant outside my kitchen window for3 yrs now. I do cover it in Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb with plastic. It is 6 ft high on a trellis and I have to keep cutting it back. So far so good.


On Aug 10, 2003, broozersnooze from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Highly recommend this plant to anyone. Some was already well established on the front fence when I moved into my home. In late spring & summer, with my windows open & the gentlest breeze, the fragrance of the blooms fill my home. This experience has become one of the fondest memories for me & my family from living here.
This has made me a definite fan of Jasmine & now collect all the different varieties. Each one in a different place in my yard - on lattice outside a bedroom window, privacy fence, arbor, lattice on my back porch, lattice on my downstairs deck etc. Most varieties have little white flowers that look like pin wheels - a favorite childhood toy.
There are some bush varieties which make excellent potted plants which I keep in very large planters on my upstairs de... read more


On Aug 9, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very easy to grow container plant for cold-winter climates. It is easy to root cuttings in the fall, and set them out in the spring for blooming plants by mid-summer.


On Aug 31, 2001, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Star shaped flowers, dark green foliage, very fragrant.