Jasminum Nudiflorum Winter Jasmine is a popular shrub with its origins in China where it was found by the great plant collector Robert Fortune in 1845. No amount of frost it seems dulls this plants spirit as its yellow flowers, which emerge from bare green stems, are a bright and cheerful sight in the dark days of Winter when they appear. Its leaves are narrow and an unremarkable oval shape and appear in the Spring.
Jasminum Nudiflorum can be found grown against the walls of grand houses, cottages and suburban houses alike here in the UK. Surprisingly it is not a climber as such, however Winter Jasmine does seem to do best against some kind of support where it can scramble over a wall or trellis
Winter Jasmine can tolerate almost all soil conditions and seems happy growing in sun or shade. It is a tough shrub but as with all shrubs soaking the root ball and adding compost together with a handful of fish blood and bone meal when planting will give it the best start.
Train those first few stems of a new plant by tying them to horizontal wires on a wall or tie the shoots to wooden trellis or a vertical frame. This will help the shrub climb and maintain its shape.
Winter Jasmines growing habit does make it look a little straggly after a few years of growth and although they don't require a great deal of maintenance pruning is desirable to keep it in some semblance of shape. Pruning should ideally be done after flowering has finished in late February-March. For a light prune to keep the shrub in shape trim back the bright green flowering stems to where they emerge. It may be necessary to cut the shrub back harder as it expands from its support. Only the outer new stems flower so a more substantial cut back is required after a few years especially if bare patches have started to appear.
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