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Pinwheel Flower, Chandni (Tabernaemontana divaricata)
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Crape jasmine, a shrub very common in India, generally grows to a height of 6 ft. However, it can also grow into a small tree with a thin, crooked stem. Like many members of the Oleander family, stems exude a milky latex when broken. Crape jasmine blooms in spring but flowers appear sporadically all year. This plant is a moderate grower for full to part sun, though it actually prefers partial shade and will flower there. Its ultimate height is about 8 feet tall with a 6 foot wide top. Flowers are commonly used in pooja (Religious ceremony) in north and south India. With its ruffled-edge, white double flowers, this plant creates a big show of blossoms in spring and then blooms on and off through summer. Their fragrance is stronger by evening, making this a desirable small tree near a patio, screened lanai or pool cage.
- Plant with either top soil or organic peat moss in combination with composted cow manure as soil amendments.
- The best pH range for growing chandni plants is 4.6 to 6.0. You can use fertilisers in case the pH balance is above 7.0.
- Foliage:Evergreen, Aromatic.
- Blooms: Mid Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer. Blooms repeatedly.
- Evergreen with large, shiny, deep green leaves, this jasmine (though not a “true” jasmine – at one time everything with a sweet-smelling flower was called jasmine) is moderately cold hardy, doing best in Zone 10A and warmer areas of Zone 9B.
- The crape jasmine tree needs regular watering. Trim occasionally to shape.
- It should be placed in a location that gets at least 5-6 hours of direct sunlight.
- A jasmine tree can be placed close to the house – as near as 3 or 4 feet away. If you’re planting a row or grouping, place them 3 to 5 feet apart.
- Give it a spot sheltered from winter winds.
- Though a colder winter may defoliate the plant, it should flush back out in spring.