Trachelospermum Jasminoides is a climber that has got all you could wish for – glossy dark evergreen leaves, a spreading twining habit and, for most of the summer, highly scented clusters of starry white flowers. We sometimes also have a variegated version - enquire if that’s of interest to you. Choose a sunny sheltered position facing south or west. Fertile well drained soil. To 20 feet. 2 or 3 litre deep pot.
Trachelospermum Jasminoides is often commonly called star jasmine, and people do ask for it thinking it is a form of Jasminum, which of course it isn’t. But if you want white scented flowrs in profusion and over a long period, it will certainly do that for you. It’s faster growing than T. Asiaticum, has larger, softer and less glossy leaves, and white rather than cream flowers. Which do we prefer? Well, it would be unfair to state a preference, as we love them both for their slightly different charms. One thing we like about both of them is the reddish colouration that can suffuse the evergreen leaves when the weather turns colder.
The other name sometimes given to Trachelospermum Jasminoides, especially in the United States, is confederate jasmine. Now you might think that this is a reference to American history, but in fact it’s more likely to be derived from the Malay Confederacy. Whicjh kind of makes sense, given the Asian origins of this plant.
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.
Contact us if you are looking for the variegated version which has creamy variegation to the leaves, tinged with pink in the cooler months.
Here is a good video introduction to the joys of Trachelospermum Jasminoides, with some helpful advice on planting and maintenance.
Trachelospermum Jasminoides is a hardy evergreen climber with glossy leaves and white scented star shaped flowers in summer suitable for a sunny wall or fence.
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