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Fiona Sunrise Jasmine*

Jasminum officinale 'Fiona Sunrise'

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Fiona Sunrise Jasmine (Jasminum officinale 'Fiona Sunrise') at Shonnard's Nursery

Fiona Sunrise Jasmine

Fiona Sunrise Jasmine

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Fiona Sunrise Jasmine (Jasminum officinale 'Fiona Sunrise') at Shonnard's Nursery

Fiona Sunrise Jasmine foliage

Fiona Sunrise Jasmine foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  12 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

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. It has gold foliage with hints of lime green which emerges yellow in spring. The small oval pinnately compound leaves remain gold throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Fiona Sunrise Jasmine is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance woody vine, 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, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. 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 tends to be leggy near the base and should be underplanted with low-growing facer plants. It should 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. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This woody vine 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 makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use 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. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

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