Night Blooming Jasmine - In The Pacific Northwest? - Knowledgebase Question

Willamina, OR
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Question by jlcllc
February 10, 2003
I just moved to Oregon from Los Angeles - I miss my night blooming jasmine! Can I plant it in a pot and bring it in during the winter? Is there other night blooming alternatives that I can grow near my deck that are fragrant? Help! Also, is there such a thing as a frost hardy citrus tree? I just attended the Yard & Garden show in Portland, and one vendor claimed to have a Washington navel orange that would last out in the orchard.

Thanks,

Lisa Coplen


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Answer from NGA
February 10, 2003
Cestrum nocturnum is the night blooming jasmine, but the plant is too tender to grow outdoors all year around in the Pacific Northwest. Certainly you can plant it in a pot and take it indoors over the winter, but it won't perform well until it's back outdoors again. If you're willing to try growing a look-alike, Trachelospermum, or star jasmine, has delightfully fragrant, pinwheel-shaped blooms that mimic those of night blooming jasmine. These flowers open during the day, but the fragrance makes this plant worth growing. It's hardy outdoors and has a vining, climbing habit.

I'm not aware of a citrus tree unaffected by the winter snow and ice experienced in the Pacific Northwest. I'd take a wait and see attitude with the claims made on that one!

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