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Do Gardenias Lose Leaves in the Fall?

By Victoria Rosendahl ; Updated September 21, 2017
Gardenias are evergreen in warmer climates.
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Gardenias -- also known as cape jasmine -- are grown primarily for the scent their flowers create. They can grow anywhere from 2 to 8 feet in circumference and have thick, glossy green leaves.


Check for insects if your gardenia is losing its leaves.
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In semi-tropical areas -- USDA zones 7b and above -- a gardenia grows as an evergreen shrub that shouldn't drop its leaves in the fall as other deciduous plants do. If your gardenia is dropping its leaves in this climate, it may be due to a disease or insect infestation.


Gardenias are susceptible to some insect infestations. White fly and mealy bugs are two of the most common and can cause leaves to yellow and fall. Check the plant occasionally for evidence of bugs and treat with an insecticidal soap to control them.


Gardenias need an inch of water per week.
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Keeping gardenias healthy prevents loss of leaves. Plant it in a location that receives either full sun or light shade with moist, well-drained soil. Gardenias are acid-loving plants and the pH of the soil should be between 5 and 6. In the early spring, prune it to the desired shape and give your gardenia plant food once a month when it is growing actively.


About the Author


Victoria Rosendahl has been writing full time since 2003. As an avid garden writer, she writes a monthly ezine called The Frugal Gardener and has contributed pieces on job hunting and resume writing for Lawyers Weekly Online. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.