Italian jasmine shrubs (Jasminum humile) please gardeners in USDA plant hardiness zones 7 through 10 with their glossy green leaves, fragrant buttercup-yellow flowers and shiny black berries. They are also called Italian yellow jasmine shrubs. Planted appropriately, Italian yellow jasmine is an easy-care plant requiring little human intervention. Read on for information about caring for and pruning Italian jasmines.
Italian Jasmine Shrubs
Italian jasmine shrubs come from western China. They were imported into this country for ornamental purposes. Many gardeners grow this shrub for the pretty, Italian jasmine flower that attracts bees and hummingbirds in summer. These yellow blossoms develop into black berries by autumn.
The flowers appear in waves in May and June. The Italian jasmine flower returns over the summer in smaller amounts, contrasting beautifully with the brilliant green leaves that remain on the bush all winter in mild climates.
These Italian yellow jasmine shrubs grow fairly quickly, especially if given regular irrigation in summer. They achieve their full height of 12 to 15 feet in five to 10 years. The cultivar ‘Revolutum’ is a popular, fast-growing choice for flower borders and beds.
Growing Italian Jasmine
Growing Italian jasmine starts with planting the shrubs in a good site. The ideal growing site for Italian jasmine shrubs is a warm, sheltered area where the plants get full sun and enjoy well-drained soil. If you can give your plants these conditions, the Italian jasmine flower scent will be sweet and strong.
However, if the ideal is not possible, you can also try growing Italian jasmine in areas with only partial sun. They can also tolerate chillier locations as long as they are planted in soil that drains well.
If you begin growing Italian jasmine, you’ll find it to be a rangy plant. Although it climbs like a vine to 12 to 15 feet high, you will do best to treat it like you would a climbing rose, tying its branches to a trellis as they develop.
On the other hand, you won’t expend much energy in caring for the shrubs. Italian jasmine shrubs are generally disease free and need neither pesticides nor spraying for vibrant good health. You may need to start pruning Italian jasmines if they grow beyond their allotted area, however.
These undemanding shrubs grow well in almost any type of oil, whether it be acid, alkaline or neutral. They can grow happily in clay, in sand, in chalk or in loam as long as the soil drains well, making exceptional additions to the landscape.