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How to Care for a Jasmine Tree

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Care For Purple Jasmine

Water the jasmine regularly to keep the soil moist during the first two growing seasons while the plant is establishing a strong root system. If you grow the plant in a container, feed it a general fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season. Prune purple jasmine after it flowers in spring according to its use in your garden. As a vine, it can grow to 20 feet but needs help attaching to a trellis or wall. It also works well as a shrub, in hedges or as ground cover.

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