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Jasmine box

Phillyrea spp.

Also known as

Mock privet

Chionanthus mala-elengi leaves and flowers by Vinayaraj (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Jasmine box Overview

A genus that comprises 2 species of evergreen shrubs in the Oleaceae family originating from the Mediterranean and now naturalised in the Canary Islands and Madeira. They have simple oval leaves and greenish-white clusters of flowers followed by dark coloured berries and they resemble the closely related olive. P. latifolia is commonly known as mock privet and when cultivated is best grown in a sunny position in well-drained soil. It can also tolerate salty air so is useful in coastal areas.

Common problems with Jasmine box

How to propagate Jasmine box


Semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Other uses of Jasmine box

Grown for their foliage. Suitable for coastal conditions.


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