Gardenia j. ‘Mystery’

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Plant Type




Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

6-8′ x 6-8′


Full Sun, partial Shade


Medium Water

Flower Color


Bloom Time

Spring, Summer

Special Features

Deer Resistant, Hedge. Screen

Container Sizes

#1, #5, #15

Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones

7-9, 12-16, 18-24

Gardenia jasminoides ‘Mystery’ is an evergreen shrub with a moderate growth rate in a rangy somewhat vase-shaped form. It produces large multi-petaled white flowers that have a strong sweet fragrance. Gardenia j. Mystery blooms throughout the summer over a background of dark green glossy foliage.Gardenias need to be planted in an acidic soil. If the soil is not acid enough many of its nutrients (especially iron compounds) will not be available for the plant since they won’t dilute in water and therefore won’t be absorbed through the roots. If this happens gardenias start to develop chlorosis the symptom of which is a yellowing of the leaves. It is advisable not to water Gardenias with very hard water. When having to use hard water you can add some vinegar or lemon juice to it thus lowering the pH of the water.

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