Tolerant of Both Cold and Heat!

Chuck Hayes Gardenia

Item # 36232
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3-inch Double Blooms!

A versatile evergreen shrub!
Whether you live a little north or a little south of most Gardenias' hardiness range, you will be able to grow 'Chuck Hayes' successfully! It's tolerant of both more cold and more heat than any other variety we've ever grown. The cold-hardiness opens up whole new possibilities for surviving the severe winter weather of the North, while the heat tolerance improves its bloom strength, making it one of the heaviest-flowering Gardenias in the world!

The double-flowered ivory-white blooms begin unfurling in early summer, as soon as the hot weather arrives. They continue over a long season, absolutely radiating that irresistible Gardenia fragrance! Long-lasting and very showy at 2 to 3 inches across, they make superb cutflowers.

The heaven-scented blooms are banked by dense, healthy, glossy dark green foliage, which remains evergreen on this well-branched shrub. A slow grower, 'Chuck Hayes' reaches about 4 feet tall and wide after 10 years' growth. This makes it a good size for the foundation, a low hedge, mass planting, and specimen use, as well as a standout in the border and woodland setting. Give it partial shade in all but the hottest climates.

Very easy to grow, 'Chuck Hayes' asks only for consistently moist to damp or even wet soil. It is not a plant for standing water, but it thrives in boggy settings as well as in well-watered borders. Most of us have one or more areas of poorly draining soil, and for these trouble spots 'Chuck Hayes' is the magnificent solution!

Most renowned for its cold-hardiness, this rough-and-ready little shrub takes on the toughest environmental challenges. It flourishes in the ultra-humid, sultry summers of zone 11 as well as the hardest winters of zone 7a. You will find it delightful year-round, and one of the lowest maintenance plants in your garden. Zones 7-11.

'Chuck Hayes'
Item Form
7 - 11
Bloom Start To End
Early Summer - Late Summer
Plant Height
4 ft
Plant Width
4 ft
Bloom Size
2 in - 3 in
Additional Characteristics
Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Double Blooms, Easy Care Plants, Evergreen, Fast Growing, Flower, Fragrance, Free Bloomer
Bloom Color
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements
Moist,  well-drained
Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance
Normal,  loamy
Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Foliage Interest, Specimen
*Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Arizona