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Crepe Jasmine Plants: Tips On Growing Crepe Jasmine

Crepe Jasmine Plants: Tips On Growing Crepe Jasmine


By: Teo Spengler

Crepe jasmine (also called crape jasmine) is a pretty little shrub with a rounded shape and pinwheel flowers reminiscent of gardenias. Rising 8 feet (2.4 m.) high, crepe jasmine plants grow some 6 feet wide, and look like rounded mounds of shiny green leaves. Crepe jasmine plants are not very demanding, and that makes crepe jasmine care a snap. Read on to learn how to grow crepe jasmine.

Crepe Jasmine Plants

Don’t be fooled by the name “jasmine.” At one time in history, every white flower with a sweet fragrance was nicknamed jasmine, and the crepe jasmine is not a real jasmine.

In fact, crepe jasmine plants (Tabernaemontana divaricata) belong to the Apocynaceae family and, typical of the family, broken branches “bleed” milky fluid. The shrubs flower in spring, offering generous amounts of white fragrant blossoms. Each has its five petals arranged in a pinwheel pattern.

The pure white flowers and 6-inch (15 cm.) long shiny leaves of this shrub make it a great focal point in any garden. The shrubs also look attractive planted in a shrubbery hedge. Another aspect of growing crepe jasmine is trimming off its lower branches so that it presents as a small tree. As long as you keep up on the pruning, this makes an attractive presentation. You can plant the “tree” as close as 3 feet (15 cm.) from the house without any problems.

How to Grow Crepe Jasmine

Crepe jasmines thrive outdoors in warm climates like those found in USDA plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. Although the shrubs look elegant and refined, they are not at all picky about soil as long as it is well drained.

If you are growing crepe jasmine, you can plant the shrubs in full sun or partial shade. They require regular irrigation to keep the soil moist. Once the root systems are established, they require less water.

Crepe jasmine care is reduced if you are growing the plant in acidic soil. With slightly alkaline soil, you’ll need to apply fertilizer regularly to prevent the shrub from getting chlorosis. If the soil is very alkaline, crepe jasmine care will include more frequent applications of fertilizer.

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Q. crepe jasmine branch

Will a pruned branch of a crepe jasmine develop into a tree by just planting it or should I keep it in water until roots develop?

You can propagate Crepe Jasmine from root cuttings. It is a little more work than just planting a cutting or putting in water, but very doable!

Here is a link to help you.


How to Grow Jasmine from Cuttings

Last Updated: February 12, 2021 References

This article was co-authored by Melinda Meservy. Melinda Meservy is a Plant Specialist and the Owner of Thyme and Place, a botanical boutique offering plants and gifts in Salt Lake City, Utah. Before starting her own business, Melinda worked in process and business improvement and data analytics. Melinda earned a BA in History from the University of Utah, is trained in lean and agile methodologies, and completed her Certified Professional Facilitator certification. Thyme and Place offers indoor plants and containers, a fully stocked potting bench, and tips on plants to suit your space and lifestyle.

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Jasmine makes a lovely addition to your home or garden. When it blooms, it produces delicate, fragrant buds. You can easily grow jasmine from cuttings taken from a healthy plant. First, you’ll need to take cuttings from an existing jasmine plant and encourage them to take root. Then, you can plant and care for your cuttings.


How to grow jasmine

Grow jasmines in moist but well-drained soil in full sun, up a sturdy support such as a trellis or wires. Feed weekly with a high potash fertiliser in summer and mulch in autumn with well-rotted manure or leaf mould. Cut back after flowering.

Where to grow jasmine

For best results, grow jasmine near a wall or fence in moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny, site. Many varieties will tolerate shade, but they do best in full sun.

You can also grow jasmines in large pots.

Here, Monty plants a jasmine to increase fragrance to a seating area at Longmeadow:

How to plant jasmine

Dig a planting hole and add well-rotted manure or compost to the bottom. On heavy soils, add grit to aid drainage. Provide support using an angled cane, which should be pointing in the direction of wires or a trellis for later growth.

Watch Monty’s video, below, to find out how to repot a jasmine:

Caring for jasmine

Feed weekly with a high-potash fertilise in summer, tying in young shoots to their support as and when you need to. Prune summer- and winter-flowering jasmines after flowering. In autumn it’s a good idea to mulch around the base of the plant with well-rotted manure, compost or leaf mould.

Both types of jasmine can be pruned back hard if they have outgrown their original planting spot. Look out for vigorous new growth to train into your desired shape and space. Plants will take a few years to start flowering again.

How to propagate jasmine

Jasmines can be propagated by layering or from cuttings. Outdoor varieties are best propagated from hardwood cuttings taken in winter, but tender and glasshouse varieties do best from softwood or semi-ripe cuttings taken in spring or summer.

Growing jasmine: problem-solving

Jasmines are easy to grow with no serious pest and disease problems. Indoor grown plants may be prone to greenhouse pests like mealybug and red spider mite, and look out for aphids on outdoor plants.

Quick Tips video: Why won’t my jasmine flower?


The origin of this ornamental bush is not known but it grows wildly in most parts of Indian sub-continent. Tabemaemontanus Coronaria does not require much care. It grows well at sunny locations in tropical and sub-tropical climates (plants in bright sunlight produces more blooms) where it receives moderate water throughout the year. Tabemaemontanus can be grown from layers or cuttings.

Tabemaemontanus was named by a 16th century botanist. Tabemaemontanus literally means ‘used for garlands.’

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