Carolina Jessamine

Known as Carolina jessamine as well as yellow jessamine, Carolina wild woodbine, evening trumpet flower and even simply jasmine, this is a tough, well-adapted vine that could be an excellent addition to your landscape.

First, it’s native to the eastern United States. We know that when we talk about natives, we talk about plants that have a history here, already like our climate and are adapted to our rainfall, soil and temperatures. In Texas it would only be considered native in the forested east regions, yet it’s full range extends as far east as the Atlantic Coast where it reaches from Florida up to North Carolina.

Most importantly to most folks, it’s a tough-growing vine that will give you an abundance of yellow blooms in the spring and again in the fall.

As a vine, while it can be grown as a woodland ground cover, it does best on a structure. It is a vigorous grower, so you need to take care where you plant it so that it doesn’t get out of hand. It does well on fences, arbors and other structures.

It is an evergreen, so trained up and along a taller structure it can provide some privacy. It’s glossy green leaves and waxy flowers shaped like a trumpet have made it a popular addition to many landscapes.

In our part of the world we often have issues with too much shade due to our numerous, tall trees. More good news is that while it does bloom best in full sun, this evergreen vine will tolerate some shade.

Some will be concerned that it is considered a poisonous plant. But so is the tomato plant and peach tree. Interestingly, honeybees also may find it toxic.

Not a heavy water user, but not made for a dry landscape, you would do well to water it often during establishment if you choose to add it to your landscape.