Jasminum mesnyi (syn. Jasminum primulinum) Oleaceae
Primrose Jasmine, Yunnan Yellow Jasmine
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, grows into a fountain-like mound 5-10 ft (1.5-3.1 m) tall with an equal spread, it has long, slender, arching stems, and given support will become a sprawling vine. Stems are square in cross section, and green, becoming woody with age. Leaves opposite, pinnately compound, 3-leaflets, each elliptic-oblong to lanceolate, about 2.5-7.5 cm long, glossy dark green. Flowers lemon yellow, often semi-double with 6-10 petals, about 4 cm across, produced singly, with stalks (pedicels) about 1-4 cm long, listed both as fragrant and unscented; blooms in winter or spring, sporadically at other times. Fruit a blackish-purple berry, ellipsoid, up to 1 cm long and 6 mm in diameter, each part containing 1 or 2 seeds.
- Sun or shade (reduces flowering). Needs space, best if allowed to spill down, occasionally prune hard to avoid "brush pile" look.
- Similar to Jasminum nudiflorum, Winter Jasmine, but with larger flowers, later blooming and less hardy.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (7)8 Native to southwestern China.