Gardenia Bonsai Tree, scientific name Gardenia jasminoides, is a tropical shrub with glossy dark green leaves and graying trunk.
It became popular all over the world because of its white flowers that have a sweet fragrance. Creamy flowers and dark green foliage create a beautiful contrast.
Family: Rubiaceae (madder Family)
Scientific name: Gardenia jasminoides
Common Names: Cape Jasmine, Gardenia.
Origin: Native to Asia and is most commonly found growing in Vietnam, Southern China, Taiwan, Japan and India.
Appearance: It is a tropical shrub with grayish trunk and dark green shiny leaves. Leaves are opposite with prominent veins.
Flowering: From mid-spring to early summer It produces fragrant cream white flowers. Blooms are followed by small oval fruit.
Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both. If you are growing it indoors, make sure to provide it with bright light, moderate temperatures; cooler during dormancy, average to high humidity and well-drained, acidic soil.
Light Requirements: Likes partial shade but will also grow in full sun.
Water Requirements: Likes moist but well drained soil. It prefers a mildly acidic soil.
Hardiness: Grows best in the USDA Zones 8-10. Needs to be protected from frost.
Insects and Diseases: This plant might have problems with powdery mildew, leaf spots, dieback, anthracnose, sooty mold, whiteflies, mealybugs, scales, aphids and spider mites.
Propagation: By cuttings.
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