Carolina jessamine is a common sight across the southeastern part of the country, where it sprawls along roadsides and scrambles through wild spaces. In Arizona, however, this evergreen vine is encountered more rarely, growing only in landscapes where it was purposefully planted.
Though it is often chosen for its cold hardiness, screening ability and deer or rabbit resistance, no one will argue that Carolina jessamine is most charming when masses of lightly fragrant, sunny yellow, bell-shaped flowers appear amongst its glossy green leaves in early spring. Numerous reddish brown stems provide another colorful contrast to the foliage throughout the rest of the year. This fast growing climber is most often grown with the support of an arbor, fence, or trellis, but it also does great service as a groundcover or bank stabilizer, and grows well in containers.
Height: 15 – 20 feet
Width: 15 – 20 feet
Bloom color: Yellow
Flowering season: Late Winter, Early Spring
USDA minimum zone: 8
Cold hardiness: 15° F


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