Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) is a seldom-used shrub/groundcover/vine that has some wonderful attributes. It is deer and pest resistant. It also tolerates our summer heat and is drought tolerant once established.
Left to its own devices, it is a sprawling, mounding shrub that reaches 3 to 4 feet tall and up to 7 feet wide. The arching branches will root when they contact the ground making it an excellent plant for slope stabilization.
If provided a strong trellis, this plant can also make a wonderful vine, or it can be planted at the top of a retaining wall and allowed to cascade over.
The small deciduous leaves are parted into three leaflets. In the winter, the green stems give you some color. Flower buds open in late January to February into bright yellow flowers covering the stems. It is a good nectar source for honeybees on warm winter days.
Plant in well-drained soil in full sun to light shade. If pruning is needed or desired, prune in the spring after the floral display has ended.
For more information on this and other jasmine species, see HGIC 1106, Jasmine.