|HOW DO I CARE FOR MY AFRICAN JASMINE? DO I NEED TO CUT IT BACK AT THE END OF THE SEASON? IS IT A SHRUB OR A VINE? I'VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION FOR ABOUT A YEAR, CAN'T WAIT FOR YOUR RESPONSE!|
|Jasminum angulare (South African Jasmine) is a slow growing evergreen scrambling shrub or vine native to coastal areas from Eastern Cape to Natal, South Africa with dark green leaves composed of three 3/4 inch long by 3/8 inch wide leaflets. If given support this vine can grow to 15-20 feet tall by 8 feet wide. From early summer into fall are produced the 1 1/4 inch wide star shaped white flowers, which are sweetly but delicately fragrant and held in clusters of 3 to 7 flowers that face up. Plant in full sun to light shade. Water regularly. A bit tender and best in near frost free garden but can handle a few degrees below freezing without damage. (Hardy to about 20 degrees.) Good used as a vine, groundcover, small shrub or espalier. In your winter climate (zone 7) it would be best to keep the plant in a pot and take the pot indoors at the end of the summer.
Indoors, jasmines need at least four hours of direct sunlight daily or 14 to 16 hours of strong artificial light. Day temperatures should be 68 to 72 ?F and night temperatures 50 to 55 ?F.
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