The ’Crown Jewel’ Gardenia was selected from a controlled cross of ’Kleim’s Hardy’ and ’Chuck Hayes’ and developed by Oakmont Nursery in Chatham County, North Carolina. Philip Dark, Oakmont owner and breeder, was inspired in his efforts by the late JC Raulston, of the JC Raulston Arboretum of North Carolina State University and Dr. Michael Dirr of the University of Georgia.
"All the desired qualities of the Gardenia wrapped up in one package. This extremely compact and cold-hardy Gardenia is the essence of timeless beauty."
- Phil Dark, Breeder
Bloom: Double white, medium-sized blooms in mid-June. Light pruning after bloom set will stimulate more blossoms. Blooms on old and new wood, so late frosts will not take away all blooms.