The Q&A Archives: AsianJasmine Growth Habits

Question: I have a sweet gum tree and I would like to plant an evergreen groundcover around the base. I found some Asian jasmine in a garden store. Is it hardy to zone 5? Also how quickly does it spread?

P.S. A previous question referenced arabian jasmine. the answerer had not heard of it. I found a reference to it in America's Garden Book by Louise and James Bush-Brown. It is also known as Indian Jasmine and its botanical name is Jasminium Sambac.

Answer: Asian jasmine is hardy only to zone 8 or the southern part of zone 7. However, most of South Carolina is in Zone 8, so it should do well there. Its rate of spread is fairly good, taking two seasons to form full coverage when planted on a 20" spacing. The standard green form performs well in shade and sun while the variegated form does best in the shade.

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