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Tabernaemontana divaricata “ Pinwheel Jasmine”

Use: Most commonly used 'en masse', this flowering shrub makes a graceful, loose hedge or, second or third tier bedding plant.


Characteristics: The common name, ‘Pinwheel Jasmine” comes from the Jasmine-like white flower produced on and off throughout the year. Nicely maintained at heights from 3’ to 5’ tall, Pinwheel Jasmine has medium to large sized leaves and looks good all year long. Although it can grow in full sun, Pinwheel Jasmine prefers partial sun to partial shade.


Trimming: Hand pruning is always best, but Pinwheel Jasmine will tolerate shearing every third month, skipping the ‘winter month’. Perform the first trim of the year in the spring (when you are certain the temperature will not drop again). Trim at least one-third off the top of the plant. Trim the front also, but do not square off. Round the top and front slightly. By performing this hard cut back in the spring when temperatures are getting warmer, plants will re-grow quickly. Follow this hard cut immediately with an application of granular, time released fertilizer. Do not trim after October (in most years) as new growth will be slow to come back and plants will look unsightly for a longer period of time. Monthly shearing will cause the plant to thin out significantly and inhibit flower production.

SHOWY WHITE FLOWERS FROM PINWHEEL JASMINE
SHOWY WHITE FLOWERS FROM PINWHEEL JASMINE

Fertilization/Pests: The plant is best suited for acid soil, but regular fertilizing can help prevent chlorosis on slightly alkaline soil. It requires frequent fertilization in highly alkaline soils. Following a hard cut, provide granular, time released fertilizer. Pest problems include scales, sooty-mold, mites, and nematodes.



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