TRACHELOSPERMUM ASIATICUM

TRACHELOSPERMUM ASIATICUM

9.50

Trachelospermum Asiaticum has much in common with its cousin, T. Jasminoides but is a little slower in its growth habit and has rather smaller but very high gloss evergreen leaves. The clusters of highly perfumed flowers are creamy rather than pure white and are produced over much of the summer period. Choose a sunny sheltered position facing south or west. Fertile well drained soil. To 20 feet. 2 or 3 litre deep pot.

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Interestingly, of the two species of Trachelospermum that we normally offer, Asiaticum is by far the one most asked for, despite its rather slower-growing tendencies. But we can understand that, as the leaves are particularly good, relatively smaller but very shiny with a burnished glossiness about them, and the flowers have a charming creaminess of colour and, of course, an intense scent that will linger on the warm summer air if you put your plant in the right place. And the right place is not just where you are going to able to catch its scent, but should be a position with a southerly or westerly aspect and ideally some kind of protection such as a wall or fence to grow up. We have a couple of these as speciments in big patio pots and they do look rather nice, though we say it ourselves. They are on pyramidal frames but in one case has its back to a tall hedge and in the other has a wall behind it.

There is a variety called Majus which is widely described as a cultivar form of Trachelospermum Asiaticum, but to us it looks to have more in common with T. Jasminoides. It’s good though, being a fast grower, so worth considering if you see one. We can sometimes supply it: ask if you are interested.

Trachelospermums don't require much in the way of pruning, but keep in shape by cutting back as required in early spring. Pruning tips of branching stems will encourage side growth.

Trachelospermum Asiaticum is a hardy evergreen climber with glossy leaves and creamy white scented star shaped flowers in summer suitable sunny wall or fence.


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