Jasminum is a genus of 200 or more species of shrubs and vines that are grown mainly for their star-shaped, often fragrant flowers. The foliage is also attractive. Flowers are often followed by black berries. Grow climbing species over a trellis, fence, shrub, or archway. Dwarf species are nice in a rock garden.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsFragrant, starry flowers. Black berries.
CareSite in full sun or partial shade and fertile, well-drained soil. In the greenhouse, Jasminum needs bright light with shade from hot sun and ample water during growth. Pruning varies by species.
PropagationStart new plants from semi-ripe cuttings in summer or by layering fall.
ProblemsCommon problems include root rot, fungal and bacterial leaf spots, and viruses, while aphids, scale insects, and mealybugs can also cause trouble.