false jessamine Loganiaceae Gelsemium sempervirens
Leaf:Opposite, simple, oblong to lanceolate, sharp tip, evergreen, entire margins, somewhat thickened, 1 to 3 inches long, during growing season green but more yellowish green in winter.
Flower:Very attractive, fragrant, bright yellow, bell shaped, with five short rounded lobes, 1 inch long, solitary or in small clusters, appearing early spring.
Fruit:Capsules, 1 inch long, somewhat flattened, appear in the summer.
Twig:Slender, hairless, solid pith, green or reddish brown, very tough, buds have loose scales.
Bark:Brown to reddish brown, becoming fissured and somewhat flutted appearing.
Form:Twining vine that scrambles over bushes and fences. It becomes quite dense in full sunlight.