Gardenia Varieties

A Sign of Good Things to Come

There are over 200 gardenia varieties, each one slightly different than the other. They all have two things in common however. One is their delicate beauty. The other is their tantalizing fragrance.

Now that you know what makes them the same, take a look at a few popular gardenia varieties and see what makes them different.

Gardenia thunbergia

Sometimes called the star gardenia, this gardenia variety is a large shrub that can grow up to 16 feet tall. It has a fragrance similar to citrus.

Gardenia Brighamii

Known as the Hawaiian gardenia, this variety is critically rare. There are less than 20 known to exist.

Gardenia Jasminoides

Possibly one of the best known of all gardenia varieties, gardenia jasminoides can have single or double blooms depending on the cultivar.

The remaining slides are just a few of the many cultivars of this well-known variety.

Aimee Yashioka

This cultivar has lots of large flowers in late spring.


Radicans has small leaves as well as small flowers. It makes a great ground cover.


Belmont is a beautiful cultivar that has large flowers and dark leaves.


Fortuneiana is unique because it has double blooms that resemble carnations.

Now that you have seen some different gardenia varieties, you'll want to learn more about gardenia care to be sure your gardenia thrives. You can also learn more about the various cultivars through the University of Florida, who provided many of these images.

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Gardenia Varieties