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Fiona Sunrise Jasmine

Jasminum officinale 'Fiona Sunrise'

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Fiona Sunrise Jasmine (Jasminum officinale 'Fiona Sunrise') at Moana Nursery

Fiona Sunrise Jasmine

Fiona Sunrise Jasmine

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Fiona Sunrise Jasmine (Jasminum officinale 'Fiona Sunrise') at Moana Nursery

Fiona Sunrise Jasmine foliage

Fiona Sunrise Jasmine foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Gold-leaved Jasmine, Gold Leaf Jasmine


An outstanding variety producing ferny foliage that emerges yellow, then matures to bright gold all season; fragrant, white star flowers appear in early summer; perfect for training over trellises or walls; tolerates part shade; winter protection advised

Ornamental Features

Fiona Sunrise Jasmine is covered in stunning fragrant white star-shaped flowers held atop the branches from mid spring to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its small oval pinnately compound leaves emerge yellow in spring, turning gold in color with hints of lime green the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Fiona Sunrise Jasmine is a dense multi-stemmed annual with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Fiona Sunrise Jasmine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Fiona Sunrise Jasmine will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. As a climbing vine, it should either be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Fiona Sunrise Jasmine is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.