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Los Angeles, CA
Imcmeans
Jun 14, 2020 1:57 PM CST
Hello!

We have some jasmine on our balcony. It gets only a few hours of direct sunshine each day, so hasn't flowered very much (we've had it for a few years). I'm not sure what type of jasmine this is, unfortunately (I'd be curious if anyone can identify it!)

However, recently lots of the leaves have turned a very dark red. I had suspected overwatering (which may have caused this problem in the past), but when I put my finger a few inches into the soil 3 days after watering, it doesn't feel damp.

I've read this is common in colder climates, but here in Los Angeles it's the beginning of summer and has started warming up (typical weather between 70 and 80 F).

Here's what it looks like:
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And here's a leaf: about 1/3 or 1/2 of them are like this.
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Does anyone have guesses about what this might be?
Name: Lin Vosbury
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plantladylin
Jun 14, 2020 3:48 PM CST
Hi Imcmeans, Welcome!

I'm not certain but I think cultural conditions, changes in temperature and or light may cause color changes in many plant leaves. I'm sure others who are knowledgeable with Jasmine will be along soon to offer possible suggestions to the cause.

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Bryan, TX
WAMcCormick
Jun 14, 2020 6:27 PM CST
I have some Confederate Jasmines, and they did that some in the spring, but it has cleared up now. Mine had a few bright red leaves too. Our winters are very mild, but summers get pretty hot and dry in July and August. I never figured out what caused mine to do that, but it cleared up on it's own.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Procrastinator
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plantladylin
Jun 14, 2020 6:33 PM CST
I'd forgotten about the Variegated Asiatic Jasmine at our old house whose leaves would turn red in cooler temperatures, normally they were the green and white variegation but in winter they'd get real red.

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