The ′Prince Charles′ Gardenia was bred from a seedling selection from open pollination of ‘Chuck Hayes’ and developed by Oakmont Nursery in Chatham County, North Carolina. Oakmont Nursery was inspired by the late JC Raulston, of the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University, and Dr. Michael Dirr of the University of Georgia.
Gardenia ′Prince Charles′ possesses moderate resistance to white fly, and is neither resistant nor susceptible to other normal gardenia diseases and pests. It also has a slightly larger growth habit than ‘Crown Jewel,’ with similar double fragrant blooms and cold hardiness to USDA Zone 7.
′Prince Charles′ Specifications
- Bloom: White double flowers with sweet fragrance, with recurrent blooming from spring to dormancy. Does not abort flowers to heat stress.
- Foliage: Dark green
- Habit: Globular and compact with a mounding growth habit, up to 4’ tall x 5’ wide
- Propagation: Roots easily from softwood cuttings. License required to propagate.
- Culture: Full sun to partial shade. Requires little pruning. Provide organic soil amendment and good drainage.
- Landscape Uses: Excellent plant for border hedge, specimen, container plantings, or cutting garden.