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Star Jasmine

Trachelospermum jasminoides

Also known as

Confederate Jasmine, Chinese Star Jessamine, Sterjasmyn (Afr.)

Photo by Cheng-Tao Lin (CC BY 4.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

8m

Max

8m

4m

Min

4m

7 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Some leaves and white flowers of a Trachelospermum jasminoides plant at The Newt Somerset
A photo of Star Jasmine
Some leaves of a Trachelospermum jasminoides plant at The Newt Somerset
Some leaves and white flowers of a Trachelospermum jasminoides plant at The Newt Somerset

Star Jasmine Overview

Trachelospermum jasminoides has lots of common names, including Star Jasmine, Chinese Star Jasmine and Chinese Ivy. It likes a sheltered position in full sun or part shade and well-drained fertile soil. It is a vigorous, versatile, evergreen climber whose long-lasting fragrant clusters of white star-shaped flowers turn to cream as they age. It blooms throughout the summer months, attracting bees and other pollinators. Trachelospermum jasminoides makes an excellent cover for walls and fences, its foliage being evergreen, glossy and dark green - often turning an attractive deep red colour in autumn. For the more adventurous gardener, it can be clipped into many shapes! It can also be grown in a conservatory (but with some shade from the midday sun). Landscapers like to use this species as a ground cover because it rapidly fills large tracts of land in both the hottest sun and under the cool shade of deciduous trees. The highly scented, white flowers are used in the perfume industry and incense. An increasingly popular plant, Star Jasmine has earned an 'RHS Award of Garden Merit. This plant can become very invasive in warmer locations - an alternative ground cover plant may be preferred.

Common problems with Star Jasmine

More susceptible to Mealybugs, Cushion Scale and red spider mite when grown under glass.

Star Jasmine Companion Plants

Can be grown under deciduous trees or as specimen plants on their own. Give them enough space as they will climb into and over other plants.

How to harvest Star Jasmine

When flowers are picked they secrete a sticky milky sap, stand them in water for an hour or two before adding to other flowers in a vase.

How to propagate Star Jasmine

Layering

Layering can be done in autumn.

Cuttings

Root semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat during summer.

Special features of Star Jasmine

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees

Pot plant

Plant in well draining potting mix, can be clipped into many shapes.

Attractive flowers

Autumn colour

Leaves turn an attractive deep red shade.

Attractive leaves

Attracts bees

Hedge plant

If given a supporting structure, it will cover it quickly making an effective screen.

Winter colour

Red coloured/tinted leaves.

Ground cover

Other uses of Star Jasmine

Fragrance

A valuable perfume oil is extracted from the steam distilled or tinctured flowers and used in high end perfumery. In a dilute form, tinctured flowers are much used in Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai incenses.

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Perfect to cover unsightly walls or to grow as shelter to seating areas; these will all create talking points.

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