Serissa japonica (Thunb.) Thunb.

Evergreen shrubs to 50 cm tall with unpleasant-smelling stems and leaves. Leaves opposite, to about 2 cm long, 1 cm wide; stipules persistent. Flowers axillary or terminal, solitary or in clusters, 4-6-parted, about 0.5 cm long, white. Corolla funnel-shaped, to 1 cm long, each lobe individually slightly 3-lobed. Stamens attached in lower part of tube. Fruit a berry containing 2 seeds. [S. foetida (L. f.) Lam.]

SE Asia

Sometimes used for bonsai.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Rubiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Serissa japonica 'Flore Pleno'

Dwarf plant with small leaves and small, double, rose-like flowers.

Serissa japonica 'Variegata'

Leaves variegated with cream. Flowers single and white.

S. 'Pink Snow Rose' and S. 'Snowleaves' are also listed.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Gentianales
family       Rubiaceae
genus        Serissa Juss.