false jessamine Loganiaceae Gelsemium
sempervirens (L.) W.T. Aiton
|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.
Looks like: swamp jessamine
- Japanese honeysuckle
| Additional Range Information:
Gelsemium sempervirens is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting false jessamine.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson