Winter Jasmine is a deciduous shrub native to China with slender arching green shoots which fan out to form a finely branched cushion. The Jasmine flowers profusely, on last years growth, in solitary, bright yellow flowers, before the leaves, through Winter and into early Spring. Winter Jasmine make interesting small and shohin bonsai, with its stark winter branches and starry yellow flowers.
Informal Upright, Slanting, Cascade, Semi-cascade, Literate
Thrives in a bright sunny position, though will tolerate shade quite well too. While the species is hardy to -15°C it is best to grown on in a cool house when temperatures drop below -5°C to avoid any die-back.
Like to be well watered but not water logged. Let soil surface dry out between waterings.
Feeding should be carried out every two weeks from the end of flowering until Autumn. Use a balanced fertiliser. If using a slow release fertiliser feed beginning March, and then again in August. With a liquid fertiliser feed every 2 weeks between March and June, and then monthly between August and October.
Leaf and Branch Pruning:
Flowers appear on old wood and shoots can be pruned back from late Spring to Autumn. Lets shoots extend before cutting back to leave the last 2 sets of leaves.
Re-potting & Growing Medium:
Repot every one or two years in Spring after flowering. Use a well drained humus rich soil. 1 Part Akadama, 1 Part Pumice, 1 Part Bark or Leaf Mould.
Shaping is normally carried out with pruning. If required the branches can be wired after flowering, between March and August.