How to Plant Lakeview Jasmine Trees

Overview

The lakeview jasmine tree (Murraya paniculata) is also known as the orange jasmine tree, mock orange and the China box tree. This small tree can be grown as a shrub or sheared and shaped into a hedge. It produces small 1/2 to 1 inch wide, highly fragrant flowers that possess the aroma of orange blossoms. The lakeview jasmine tree makes for an attractive ornamental specimen in any garden.

Step 1

Choose a planting site for the lakeview jasmine tree in full sun to partial shade.

Step 2

Loosen the soil in the planting site to a depth of approximately 10 to 12 inches. Lakeview jasmine trees are susceptible to nematodes (such as the root-knot nematode). To prevent this garden pest, mix into the soil an appropriate fungicide according to the manufacturer's label. You can purchase a fungicide to control nematodes from your local garden center or plant nursery.

Step 3

Dig a planting hole for the lakeview jasmine tree approximately two to three times the diameter of its growing container and precisely the same depth.

Step 4

Measure out approximately 1 cubic foot of sphagnum peat moss or dehydrated compost. Use this amendment if the soil is porous, light or sandy. Measure out 1 cubic foot of coarse sand, perlite or vermiculite for heavy clay-like soil. Mix the amendment into the soil you removed from the planting hole.

Step 5

Remove the lakeview jasmine tree from its growing container. Starting at a drain-hole or along the rim, cut along the side of the container using a stout pair of multi-purpose snips. Continue to do this around the perimeter of the container until the lakeview jasmine tree can be easily removed from the container.

Step 6

Rough up the root ball using a stream of water to remove about 1 inch of soil from the root system. If the roots are entangled, matted or ensnared, untangle them with your fingers.

Step 7

Place the lakeview jasmine tree into the planting hole. For best growth, make sure the top of the root system is level with the surrounding topsoil.

Step 8

Fill the planting hole 2/3 full of soil. Add water to the planting hole until it is full. Fill the remainder of the planting hole full of soil as soon as the water has drained.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Fungicide
  • Soil amendment
  • Snips
  • Fertilizer

References

  • United States Forest Service: Lakeview Jasmine Tree Information
  • Plant Care: Orange Jasmine
  • The University of Florida: Information on Murraya Paniculata
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About this Author

Katelyn Lynn is a certified holistic health practitioner who specializes in orthomolecular medicine and preventative modalities. She also has extensive experience in botany and horticulture. Lynn has been writing articles for various websites relating to health and wellness since 2007. She has been published on gardenguides.com. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in alternative medicine from Everglades University.