How to Care for a Jasmine Tree

Overview

There are over 200 species of jasmine. Most are vines, some are shrubs and a few can be grown as trees. Although jasmine is known for its heady fragrance, some species do not have any scent. Others have a strong fragrance that is most apparent at night. Murraya paniculata, or orange jasmine, is a woody jasmine that is often grown in the shape of a small tree. This popular plant has small white flowers that smell like orange blossoms.

Step 1

Take care of the soil around the jasmine tree. Jasmine trees are very easy to grow, but they are prone to rot if their roots are left sitting in wet soil. Drought resistant, they prefer well-drained soil. If the soil does not drain well, consider moving the tree to a better location or a better-draining container. Water only when the soil is completely dry.

Step 2

Give the jasmine tree enough light. The leaves of the Murraya paniculata will droop and fall off if the tree does not get plenty of sunshine. It should be planted in an area with either full sun or very light shade.

Step 3

Protect the tree from cool weather. It can only withstand temperatures as low as 45 degrees F. The tree should be protected every fall with a 2-inch layer of mulch around its base. Or move the tree indoors when cooler weather arrives. These slow-growing trees are good container plants.

Step 4

Fertilize the jasmine tree with a mild balanced fertilizer (10-10-10) once it begins to bloom. Do not over fertilize, as this can burn the plant.

Step 5

Prune the jasmine down to one or two straight trunks to achieve a tree-like appearance. Prune in the fall, cutting away undesirable horizontal branches near the trunk.

Things You'll Need

  • Watering tools
  • Mulch
  • Mild balanced fertilizer
  • Pruning shears

References

  • University of Florida: Murraya Paniculata
  • Logee's Greenhouse: Murraya Paniculata

Who Can Help

  • Oregon State University: Plant jasmine to scent up garden evenings
Keywords: grow jasmine, jasmine care, Murraya paniculata

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April Sanders has been a writer and educator for 11 years. She is a published curriculum writer and has provided academic content for several subscription databases. Sanders holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social psychology and a Master's degree in information sciences and technology.