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Gardenias are evergreen shrubs that grow in height from 2 - 15 feet, depending on the cultivar. Leaves are oval shaped, and flowers vary in color -- from pale yellow with purple mottling to creamy white. Most gardenias flower from late March to mid-June.

General Culture Well-established plants are extremely drought tolerant and have low fertility requirements, although they respond to fertilizer and water with lush growth. Crape myrtle has low salt tolerance, so it should not be used near the coast unless it is well-protected from saline conditions. Full sun is necessary for best flowering and for development of a full, symmetrical crown.