Star Jasmine (scientific name Trachelospermum jasminoides) is evergreen woody liana native to eastern and southeastern Asia (Japan, Korea, southern China and Vietnam). It is also known as confederate jessamine and Chinese star jessamine. These species of flowering plants are self-twining evergreen climbing shrubs with glossy ovate leaves and jasmine-like, highly fragrant flowers, sometimes followed by bean-like seed-pods.
The foliage is dark green and glossy, and it bears fragrant white flowers during the spring and summer. The vines grow quickly, and work well on a trellis, arbor or as ground cover. Star jasmine requires partial to full sun and warm weather, and it grows best in USDA plant hardiness zones 8 through 11. Star jasmine is easy to care for and grows quickly with minimal maintenance and fertilization. It commonly grown as an ornamental plant and houseplant and is used climbing vine, a groundcover, and a fragrant potted plant on terraces and patios in gardens, public parks and public landscapes.
Star Jasmine can be grown in a greenhouse or conservatory in areas prone to severe frosts and against a wall in milder climates. It requires a well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, direct hot sunlight will scorch the leaves. For this reason, exposure to morning sun and dappled afternoon shade works best. It is drought-resistant but like most vines, it grows best if the soil is kept moist and cool during the hot growing season. If you want the vine to thrive water it regularly, keeping the soil moist but never soggy. Reduce the amount of watering during the winter when the vines goes dormant.
As these plants are climbers they require support otherwise they’d creep up out of their containers. Keep pruning to a minimum as it flowers on last year’s woods and train outward growing shoots into the support, trimming back to a flowering spur if the plant overgrows its space. Although Star Jasmine is quite disease resistant it can be infested with mealy bugs, spray any mealy bug-infested vines thoroughly with insecticidal soap once a week until the pests are gone.
Star Jasmine can be purchased from the ff. online nurseries:
Portland Nursery – http://portlandnursery.com/plants/shrubs-vines/jasmine.shtml
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