very low, low, moderate
February to March
3 to 4 ft.
4 to 6 ft.
native to China
sun to shade
USDA zones 5-10
hardy to 6,500 ft.
Winter jasmine is a drought-tolerant shrub with tiny yellow flowers. It is one of the first plants to bloom in the spring, usually in February.
It grows in a rather interesting way. Its arching stems arise from a central crown. Wherever the tips of the branches touch the ground it may root and "leap" throughout an area.
It's leaves are small, thick, and glossy. The small yellow flowers are a welcome sight in late winter, but are not particularly noticeable.
Winter jasmine has been a surprising performer at the Xeriscape Garden. It has been amazingly drought tolerant, surviving in unwatered areas. It has proven to be more hardy and drought tolerant than many sources report.Its glossy green leaves and slender stems are rather unusual for such a drought tolerant shrub.
Winter jasmine needs to be planted in a location where its "leaping" habit will be an asset rather than problematic. Ideal places might be a slope that needs to be stabilized, behind a retaining or boulder wall, or an unwatered area.
Each year, some stalks die back over the winter and need to be pruned out.