Palawan Jasmine (Jasminum aemulum) is a hardy evergreen shrub native to the island of Palawan in the Philippines. It can reach heights of 5-10 ft, with oblong leaves, shortly rounded at the apex and dark green in color on both surfaces. This handsome shrub produces numerous white, fragrant, 1-2 inch wide flowers that bloom all year round, making it a highly ornamental plant. The pleasant scent of these lovely white and off-white blooms often attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
This shrub can be grown in zones 9 to 11, requiring moderate watering and a sunny location. It can also be grown in colder regions as long as it is potted and sufficiently protected from the frost. The soil should be a mix of soil and potting mix, kept slightly moist and fertilized regularly with a balanced fertilizer. A light mulch of dead leaves is recommended to protect the plant from frost and maintain its distinctive appearance and fragrance.
Palawan Jasmine is easy to maintain and with proper care it will remain healthy, rewarding the owner with its beauty and memorable fragrance. Pruning the branches after flowering is necessary to allow for sufficient light and air circulation, whilst regular inspection for pests and diseases should also be carried out.