Characteristic of Water Jasmine Tree (Wrightia religiosa) in the Wild

Wrightia religiosa
Water Jasmine (Wrightia religiosa) is a species of flowering plants in the genus Wrightia and the Apocynaceae family. This species is generally used as an ornamental plant in the yard of the house, garden, and bonsai.

Scottish physician and botanist, Dr. The genus named this plant with the name Wrightia in honor of William Wright (1740-1827). The last name is religious, meaning sacred or religious rituals. This tree produces small, pendulous white flowers and has a fragrance similar to jasmine.

This is also one of the most commonly cultivated trees due to the high market demand for ornamental tree, pagoda tree, and medical needs.

The original habitat of the Water Jasmine tree is China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. In Vietnam, the Water Jasmine tree is called Mai Chiếu Thủy, Mai Chấn Thủy, Mai Trúc Thủy, and Lòng Mức Miên, while its popular names abroad are Women’s Ear Ring, Wild Plum, Magic Rite, and Sacred Buddha.


Characteristics of Water Jasmine Leaf

Wrightia religiosa Leaf
Source : Teo

The leaves are oval or oval-shaped, arranged in pairs (opposite), pointed at the end, almost sessile, 3-6 cm long and 1-2.5 cm wide.


Characteristics of Water Jasmine Flower

Wrightia religiosa Flower
Source : Siam

Water jasmine are white, growing in pendulous shapes on the ends of branches. Each flower produces 2 pieces, in the form of a long strip. The flowers are very fragrant, have 5 flashes of appearance like a petal (apricot). When the flowers bloom they always tangle downwards. Flowering almost all year.


Characteristics of Water Jasmine Fruit

Wrightia religiosa Fruit
Source : Teo

The fruit has a slim and long shape, the length ranges from 15-20 cm.


Characteristics of Water Jasmine Tree

Wrightia religiosa Tree
Source : Teo

The water jasmine tree is in the form of a bush or small tree that has a wooden trunk and has long slender branches. There are no serious insects or diseases that can damage this plant, including aphids or spider mites. The most common problem is just a leaf spot disease.

INFO : Currently, there are two types of water jasmine on the market, namely those that have large leaves and small leaves. Especially for small leafy ones most often used for bonsai because it looks elegant and proportional.


Water jasmine can be propagated or cultivated using root cuttings and seedlings. By cutting, root cuttings are planted in damp, well-drained soil. It will grow new shoots within 1-2 months. But, more farmers who like seedlings.


Water jasmine tree roots are used traditionally as herbal medicine. Then, the flowers are used for temple purposes.

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