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Monday, 16 January 2017

Jasminum Nudiflorum Winter Jasmine Yellow Winter Flowering Climbing Shrub

Picture of Yellow Winter flowering Jasmine Jasminum nudiflorum-life between the flowers
Picture of Jasmine yellow winter flowering climber Jasminum nudiflorum-life between the flowers
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.
Picture of yellow flowers in winter jasmine climber-life between the flowers
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
Snow on Winter Jasmine yellow flowering climber Jasminum nudiflorum-life between the flowers
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.
Picture of Jasmine nudiflorum winter flowering climber yellow flowers pruning-life between the flowers
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.
Picture of Winter flowering yellow climbing Jasmine-jasminum nudiflorum-life between the flowers
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.
How to prune Yellow Winter Jasmine-life between the flowers
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