How To Grow Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) In Your Garden

Jasminum nudiflorum, more commonly known as Winter Jasmine, is a deciduous shrub native to China.

Distinguished by its bright yellow flowers that bloom in late winter to early spring, this plant provides a cheerful splash of color when most other plants are dormant.

The arching green stems can reach a height and spread of up to ten feet (approximately 300 cm).

Jasminum nudiflorum photograph by Amanda Slater; CC.

Gardeners are drawn to Jasminum nudiflorum for its hardiness and ability to brighten up the garden during the colder months.

The plant is suitable for wall-side borders, cottage gardens, or city gardens and thrives in USDA hardiness zones 6 to 10 and RHS zones H5 to H2. While it can spread quite widely if left unpruned, it is not typically considered invasive.

How to grow Jasminum nudiflorum in the garden

Winter Jasmine prefers full sun to partial shade locations. It is adaptable to a variety of soil types, including loamy, sandy, and chalky soils, but it prefers well-drained conditions.

You can plant Jasminum nudiflorum in the spring or autumn. It can be propagated by semi-hardwood cuttings taken in late summer or early autumn, or by layering in spring.

Watering should be regular, but be careful not to overwater as this can lead to root rot. As the plant becomes established, it becomes more tolerant of drought conditions.

Winter jasmine  flowers close up
Winter jasmine image by 阿橋 HQ; CC.

Pruning should be done immediately after flowering, which helps to maintain a neat shape and promotes vigorous growth for the following year.

While Jasminum nudiflorum is relatively pest-free, it can sometimes be affected by aphids. Regular monitoring and early intervention can help keep your plant healthy.

In summary, with its vibrant yellow flowers and robust growth habit, Winter Jasmine can be an excellent addition to your garden, providing color and interest during the colder months.

Quick Jasminum nudiflorum Growing and Care Guide

Scientific Name: Jasminum nudiflorum

Common Name(s): Winter Jasmine

Growing Zone (USA / UK Hardiness): USDA Zones: 6-10 RHS Hardiness Rating: H5 (-15°C to -10°C)

Best Used For / Garden Location: Ideal for trellises, walls, and fences (How to use Jasmine for front yard gardening). Prefers a sunny to partly shaded location.

Plant Details

Life Cycle / Plant Type: Deciduous shrub

Plant Height: 4-6 feet (1.2-1.8 meters)

Plant Spread: 7-15 feet (2-4.5 meters)

Blooms: Late winter to early spring

Flower Details: Bright yellow, non-fragrant flowers

Leaf Foliage: Dark green, trifoliate leaves

Fruit: Small, black berries

Growing Conditions and Location

Best Light Conditions: Full sun to partial shade

Suitable Soil Types: Well-drained, loamy or sandy soil

Sowing / planting: Plant young plants in spring or fall.

Germination time: N/A, propagated from cuttings.

Propagation: By hardwood cuttings in winter.

Plant Care: Prune after flowering to maintain shape and size. Water moderately.

Growing in pots and containers: Suitable for pots and containers with good drainage.

Growing as a House plant: Can be grown as a houseplant in a bright, sunlit room.

Further Information

Miscellaneous: Hardy and easy to grow. Tolerant to urban pollution. Can be invasive in some areas.

Pests and diseases: Generally pest-free, but watch for scale insects and aphids.

Common Cultivars / Varieties: Jasminum nudiflorum 'Aureum' is a variety with variegated foliage.

Family: Oleaceae, the Olive family.

Native: China.

References and Further Reading: Royal Horticultural Society – Winter Jasmine 'Aureum'; University of Tennessee, Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center; University of Arkansas – Plant of the week Winter Jasmine.

Common Questions

Does Jasminum nudiflorum make a good garden or landscaping plant?

Winter Jasmine makes for a good garden plant. It produces bright yellow flowers in late winter to early spring, providing some much-needed color in these months.

Is it a fragrant plant?

Despite being a type of Jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum is not fragrant. Its appeal is primarily visual, offering bright yellow blooms when most other plants are dormant.

What is the perfect location to grow Jasminum nudiflorum?

Jasminum nudiflorum prefers a sunny to partially shaded location with well-drained soil. It can tolerate a variety of soil conditions and is quite hardy once established.

Is Jasminum nudiflorum invasive in the USA?

Jasminum nudiflorum is not generally considered invasive in the USA. However, its rapid growth needs regular pruning to keep it in check.

How do I remove Jasminum nudiflorum from my garden?

To remove Jasminum nudiflorum, prune the plant back heavily and dig up the root system. Regular monitoring will be required to ensure no new growth from any remaining roots.


Jasminum nudiflorum (Winter Jasmine): Deciduous shrub with bright yellow flowers in winter. Plant in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Prune after flowering to maintain shape.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this guide on how to grow Jasminum nudiflorum. You may also enjoy the following growing guides: How to grow Jasminum multiflorum, Olives, and Begonia plants in the garden.