Winter Jasmine

Winter Jasmine.

Jasminum nudiflorum, the winter jasmine, is a slender, deciduous shrub native to China (Gansu, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Tibet, and Yunnan). It is widely cultivated as an ornamental and is reportedly naturalised in France and scattered locations in the United States (Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland, and New Jersey). It grows to 3 m (10 ft) tall and wide, with arching green shoots and opposite, pinnate, dark green leaves. Each leaf is divided into three oval-oblong leaflets which are about 3 cm long. As its name suggests, in the Northern Hemisphere winter jasmine flowers from November to March. The solitary flowers, often appearing on the bare stems (hence the Latin nudiflorum, literally “naked flower”) have six petals and are bright yellow, or white, about 1 cm across, appearing in the leaf axils. It likes full sun or partial shade and is hardy. Credit: Wikipedia.