winter jasmine Oleaceae Jasminum
nudiflorum Lindl. symbol: JANU
Leaf: Opposite, trifoliate, leaflets oval to oblong, 1/2 to 1 inch long, shiny dark green above.
Flower: Bright yellow, unscented, funnel shaped with 6 petals, 1 inch across appearing in large numbers for long period throughout the winter.
Fruit: Black berry, rarely or never seen in cultivation.
Twig: Green, four angled, slender and arching; pointed 1/8 inch long, red and green buds.
Bark: Green the first year, turning gray to red brown, thin and finely scaly.
Form: Sprawling, arching shrub, up to 4 feet tall unless allowed to climb and supported; works well cascading down embankments and over walls.
Looks like: forsythia
Additional Range Information: Jasminum nudiflorum is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson