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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 8 - 12 feet
Plant Spread: 5 - 6 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Evergreen leaves turn bronze in winter
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Pollinators: Various insects


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Mar 11, 2019 1:43 PM

This 'Margarita' cultivar was selected by Don Jacobs of Eco Gardens in Decatur, Georgia for its slightly larger, more prominent flowers. He named it after his wife. It is a Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal winner. Some are offered at both many conventional nurseries and native plant nurseries in the South and Mid-Atlantic, plus some Zone 6 in the Northeast and southern Midwest. I have not seen either the straight species or any cultivar of Carolina Jessamine much in homeowner landscapes; mostly at arboretums and some estates, and professionally designed landscapes in southeast Pennsylvania.

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