Zhi Zi, Common Gardenia, Cape Jasmine, Gardenia 'Variegata'.
Tropical parts of S.E. Asia, and Africa.
Hardiness (see References, below) - Zones 7 - 10.
Spring, early Summer, some varieties will bloom in Winter.
Approx. 6 to 40 ft. (2 - 12 m).
Sunny, or partially sunny
exposures, are best.
Well drained soils, rich, sandy, neutral to lightly acidic, are all acceptable.
Prune last year's growth, only. New growth will produce next years' blooms, so you definitely want to keep not cut it.
Easiest, by taking tip cuttings in Spring. Take 4-5 in. long cuttings, remove leaves from the bottom half, and put the cuttings in a pot of water. They will produce roots within 2 weeks, -just like that!
Incredibly fragrant blooms!
Named after AlexanderGarden , Gardenia is a truly spectacular, and unforgettable plant. Its bold, velvet like, petals, set against deep green foliage, cannot be missed in any garden. Gardenia's fruit, and flowers are edible. Chinese like using petals to flavor their tea.
- Winter blooms, try: Gardenia 'Veitchii'(='Veitchiana'), for variegated variety try: Gardenia augusta 'Variegata', for dwarf size: Gardenia augusta 'Mystery' (3 ft tall), for hardy variety: G. augusta 'Kleim's Hardy' (down to Zone 6).
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