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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
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








7 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Star Jasmine Overview

Trachelospermum jasminoides is also known commonly by the names Star Jasmine, Chinese Star Jasmine and Chinese Ivy. It is a versatile woody, evergreen climber. 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. It makes an excellent cover for walls and can be clipped into many shapes. The foliage of Trachelospermum jasminoides is glossy and dark green, leaves measure between 5-8cm long and display attractive deep red autumn colour. The highly scented, white flowers are used in the perfume industry and in incense. They measure approximately 2.5cm in width and fade to a cream shade with age.

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 secreat 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 can be done in autumn.


Root semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat during summer.


Special features of Star Jasmine

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees

Hedge plant

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

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.

Other uses of Star Jasmine

Climber, privacy, fragrance, ground cover, greenhouse. Flowers most seasons. Summer interest.


In gardens, public landscapes, and parks it is used as a climbing vine, a groundcover, and a fragrant potted plant on terraces and patios.


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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