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This rambling evergreen vine sports masses of fragrant tubular yellow flowers in late winter and early spring. It is well-suited for use on arbors and fences.

Latin Name

Gelsemium sempervirens



Also Known As

Evening Trumpetflower Woodbine

Type of Plant

Vines Vines

Bloom Season

February - April


Winter Winter
Spring Spring


Max height Max Height: 20'
Max spread Max Spread: 6'


  • Ground Cover
  • Ornamental

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


    Do not ingest Do not ingest


    Native Range

    Southern United States, Mexico, Guatemala


    Washington's gardener planted four yellow jessamines by the garden gates in 1786.

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones

    7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b 10a 10b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b 10a 10b

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