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Sunday - May 09, 2010

From: Syracuse, NY
Region: Northeast
Topic: Trees
Title: Can Carolina jessamine be grown in Syracuse NY?
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

Hi--Can Carolina Jessamine be grown in Syracuse, New York?

ANSWER:

Gelsemium sempervirens (evening trumpetflower) is native to North America, in the Southeast and as far west as Texas. It is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 7 to 9; Syracuse is Zone 5b. This Floridata site states that it can withstand light frosts, but protracted freezing will kill it.  You would have jessaminecicles. Sorry.

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Gelsemium sempervirens

Gelsemium sempervirens

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