Trachelospermum jasminoides, or Star Jasmine, is native to China. It is an evergreen, woody vine that will reach about 30 feet (10 meters). The ovate leaves are about 4 inches (10 cm) long. New growth in spring is a light green while the more mature growth is a dark green. It needs a lot of room to grow and is hardy in USDA zone 9.
Blooming Time: In the greenhouse, our plant blooms from late spring to mid-summer. The 1-inch (2.5 cm) flowers are profuse in small clusters and very fragrant.
Culture: Trachelospermum jasminoides need full sun to partial shade with warm, humid conditions during the growing season. In our greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite. During the growing season, the plants are kept moist and are fertilized on a weekly basis. During the winter months, water is reduced to a minimal amount to keep the foliage from wilting or dieing back. Repotting should be done in the spring or mid-summer after flowering.
Propagation: Trachelospermum jasminoides are propagated from cuttings in spring.
Trachelospermum jasminoides was featured as Plant of the Week April 11-17, 2003.
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