Trachleospermum jasmenoides - Star Jasmine is a very popular groundcover / vine. makes a great screen with its dark green oval shaped glossy leaves all year around.  prolifically flowers in with highly perfumed scents in Springs and sometimes in Summer depending on condition in Australia

Trachelospermum jasminoides

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Description: Trachelospermum jasminoides, commonly known as Star Jasmine or Confederate Jasmine, is a vigorous evergreen vine prized for its highly fragrant, star-shaped white flowers and glossy green foliage. This plant is particularly valued for its ability to cover trellises, fences, and walls, creating a lush and aromatic display.

Flowers:

  • Blooms: The plant produces an abundance of small, white, star-shaped flowers from late spring through summer. The flowers are highly fragrant and visually striking.
  • Fragrance: The flowers have a strong, sweet fragrance that is especially noticeable in the evening and early morning.

Foliage:

  • Leaves: The leaves are glossy, dark green, and oval-shaped, providing a lush backdrop to the flowers. New growth often emerges with a reddish tint.
  • Seasonal Color: The foliage remains green year-round, with new growth showing a reddish hue.

Fruit:

  • Fruit: The plant occasionally produces slender, bean-like seed pods. These are generally not significant for ornamental value.

Form and Size:

  • Size: Typically grows 3-6 meters long, depending on the support provided. It can be pruned to maintain a more compact size.
  • Habit: Vigorous, twining, and climbing habit, making it suitable for covering trellises, fences, and walls.

Growing Conditions:

  • Climate: Thrives in temperate to subtropical climates and is suitable for various regions in Australia. It can tolerate light frosts and coastal conditions.
  • Soil: Prefers well-draining, fertile soils but can adapt to a variety of soil types, including sandy and loamy soils. Avoid waterlogged conditions.
  • Sunlight: Best grown in full sun to partial shade. Full sun promotes the best flowering, while partial shade is tolerated.
  • Watering: Regular watering during the establishment phase is crucial. Once established, it benefits from consistent moisture but can tolerate short periods of drought.

Uses:

  • Ornamental Vine: Highly valued as an ornamental vine for its fragrant flowers and attractive foliage.
  • Trellises and Arbors: Ideal for covering trellises, arbors, and pergolas, creating a lush, green canopy.
  • Ground Cover: Can be used as a ground cover in larger areas where it can sprawl and spread.
  • Containers: Suitable for growing in large containers with support structures, making it versatile for patios and small gardens.

Maintenance:

  • Pruning: Prune after flowering to maintain shape, remove dead or diseased wood, and control growth. Regular pruning helps keep the plant tidy and encourages bushier growth.
  • Fertilizing: Apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring to promote healthy growth and prolific flowering.
  • Pests and Diseases: Generally resistant to many pests and diseases. Monitor for common pests such as aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. Maintain good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases.

Notes:

  • Hardiness: Hardy in USDA zones 8-11. In cooler regions of Australia, provide protection from severe frost to prevent damage to new growth.
  • Companion Plants: Pair with other fragrant plants such as gardenias, roses, and lavender to create a sensory garden. It also works well with other climbers like clematis and climbing roses.

Propagation: Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer or by layering in spring or autumn.

Trachelospermum jasminoides

Common Name: Star Jasmine, Confederate Jasmine

Botanical Name: Trachelospermum jasminoides

Family: Apocynaceae

Origin: Native to Eastern and Southeastern Asia