star jasmine, confederate jasmine, trader's compass
Evergreen, self-twining climber, native to eastern and southeastern Asia. Oval to lanceolate, glossy dark green leaves, 4-10 cm long, 2-4 cm wide, arranged in pairs. Some of the leaves turn bronze or dark to bright red in winter. Flowering during late spring and summer with clusters of very fragrant, white, pinwheel-shaped flowers to 2 cm across.
Synonym: Rynchospermum jasminoides.
Plant in any well-drained soil. Flowers best in full sun, but copes well with partial or even deep shade.Tolerates relatively dry conditions once established. Suitable for exposed, coastal areas. Generally free from serious pests and diseases.Tolerates moderate frosts to about -120C.
Versatile plant with intensely perfumed flowers that smother the plant from late spring. Climbs happily against support structures, and can be espaliered. Will not cling to masonry walls. Suitable as a ground cover, but may need regular pruning to maintain a tidy look. Also when growing Trachelospermum jasminoides as a climber, a yearly prune is recommended to keep the plant bushy. Also suitable as an indoor plant.
Type of plantClimber - Evergreen
Size3 m tall and wide
Landscape Usefragrance, flower display, hedge, climber, ground cover, sunny or shady areas, coastal gardens, exposed sites, indoor plant, hanging baskets.
- Temperature: Half hardy
- Light: Low Medium High
- Moisture: Medium
- Soil: Medium
- Wind tolerance: High
- Coastal tolerance: High