Winter flowering Jasmine is a popular climbing plant, which is easy to grow and flowers from November to March. It will climb and it can also tumble down bridges or over a wall.
This winter form of Jasmine always flowers yellow, Latin name is Jasminum nudiflorum which means naked flowers. The latin name is describing the flowers on bare branches ahead of the foliage. Winter flowering Jasmine is fully hardy to H5 and when mature grows up to 3m tall and similar in width, with arching branches which will create a mound. Although commonly described as a climbing plant, it has no tendrils and is not very self supporting; it is more of shrubby scrambler than a climber. It has long arching branches which will arch upwards and over a fence or wall and can be trained or tied to cover a structure. Jasmine growing vertically up a wall or fence will need to be tied in to train the growth.
Winter flowering Jasmine is deciduous with dark green leaves, which appear after flowering in April lasting to around October, and the leaves tend to be sparse. Unlike other Jasmines, (which tend not to be fully hardy) it is not scented. In common with many climbing plants, Winter flowering Jasmine is vigorous and grows relatively quickly.
One of the advantages of growing Winter flowering Jasmine is its tolerance to a wide range of growing conditions which makes it useful to grow in a difficult spot. Winter flowering Jasmine will grow in any soil, acid or alkaline, poor soil, cold areas and in semishade, although it flowers best in sun, which means it will grow pretty well anywhere. Winter flowering Jasmine needs little attention, and it does not demand pruning. However it is improved by pruning, see below.
Because the leaves are sparse, it can look a bit untidy when not in flower. To improve this problem, plant with an evergreen shrub or an evergreen climber such as Ivy. As a combination Ivy and Jasmine are tough and tolerant of soil types, and semi shade and would be ideal for a difficult spot in the garden, such as a north-facing wall.