#TeachingTuesday: Winter Jasmine
This week’s plant of the week is winter jasmine. The scientific name of winter jasmine is Jasminum nudiflorum, meaning “naked flower” because it blooms before it leafs out.
Winter jasmine is a semi-evergreen shrub that grows in a mound with arching canes, and will spread to form colonies. It grows well on slopes, in natural areas, and overhanging walls. It tolerates drought, deer, poor soils, and some shade, although it blooms better in sun. In natural areas, it’s very low maintenance, but if it’s growing over a wall or in a high-traffic area, it may need to be pruned or thinned once a year after it blooms to keep it from getting too large.