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Trachelospermum jasminoides - (Lindl.)Lem.

Common Name Star Jasmine, Confederate jasmine
Family Apocynaceae
USDA hardiness 8-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Found as a weed in Chinese gardens where it grows on walls and trees[147].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea.
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Weed Potential No
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Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Trachelospermum jasminoides Star Jasmine, Confederate jasmine

Trachelospermum jasminoides Star Jasmine, Confederate jasmine


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Bloom Color: White, Yellow. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Spreading or horizontal, Variable height, Variable spread.

Physical Characteristics

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Trachelospermum jasminoides is an evergreen Climber growing to 6 m (19ft) by 6 m (19ft) at a slow rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 9 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Rhynchospermum jasminoides.

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Anodyne  Antibacterial  Antirheumatic  Antispasmodic  Depurative  Emmenagogue  Febrifuge  Restorative  
Tonic  Vasodilator

The leaf is restorative and tonic[178, 218]. This plant is especially useful for the aged[178]. The flowering stem is analgesic, antibacterial, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, depurative, emmenagogue, febrifuge, resolvent, tonic and vasodilator[176, 218]. A decoction is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, sore throats and various boils and abscesses[147, 176]. The seed is cardiotonic and haemostatic[218]. The whole plant is cooked with other foods and used to treat rheumatism[218].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Food Forest  Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Arbor, Container, Erosion control, Ground cover, Pest tolerant. Requires a well-drained moderately retentive soil in full sun or with part-day shade[200]. Requires a good humus-rich soil[11]. Succeeds in moderately acid or alkaline soils[202]. Requires the protection of a wall[11]. Plants are not very hardy outside the milder areas of Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -5°c when grown against a wall[200]. They tolerate temperatures down to about -10°c according to other reports[202, 260]. Plants are slow-growing when they are young and they are then more susceptible to damage by frost and cold winds[11, 202]. They may put on no new growth for the first 2 - 3 years after planting out[202]. A twining plant[182]. Plants are self-clinging on walls according to other reports[166, 200]. Flowers are produced on short laterals that grow from old wood[200]. The flowers are deliciously scented[245]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Not North American native, Naturalizing, Attracts butterflies, Fragrant flowers, Attractive flowers or blooms.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in early spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 6 - 8cm with a heel, August in a frame. Ensure that the milky sap, which is excreted from the heel when the cutting is taken, has dried out before the cutting is inserted in the soil. Fair to good percentage[78]. Layering in summer[188]. The plant self-layers, sending out roots from leaf nodes and stem tips wherever they touch the ground[245].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Trachelospermum asiaticumJapanese Star Jasmine, Small Leaf Confederate Jasmine, Asiatic JasmineClimber6.0 7-10 SLMHSNM103

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.


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Readers comment

Miranda Hodgson   Thu Apr 28 09:05:48 2005

I have this plant in a container, growing in a sheltered spot in North Lincolnshire (UK). Despite being classed as half hardy it's doing well in this rather cool and windy part of the country.

louis   Mon May 10 06:17:52 2004

i think that you should have what there adaptations are !!!!

jim   Sat May 22 23:46:11 2004

so do i my son is doing an assingment and needs more information on its adaptations

RANDOM   Thu Feb 16 2006


   Wed Mar 8 2006

What are it's adaptations?

DJ   Wed Mar 8 2006

I have a flowering Jasmine about 9 months old (although not flowering right now) all of it's leaves seem to have dropped off ? .. is this normal ??.. thanks for any info

B. Seymour   Mon Jul 10 2006

Is this the same plant that Notcutt's Nursery is selling a mature specimen for at about £240.00????? (as of Sat. 9 July 2006) Why would it be so expensive? They called it rhyncospermum jasm.

Rich (webweaver)   Mon Jul 10 2006

It does not surprise me. Prices for mature trees can be sky high reflecting the many years that the nursery has had to tend the plant.

Meggie   Thu Aug 24 2006

I have 3 cuttings from my neighbour's mature plant. They are in one 4inch pot and are just showing leaf. Advice required. Should I put them into a container or larger pot to eventually plant in the garden?

B. Seymour   Mon Jul 10 2006

Is this the same plant that Notcutt's Nursery is selling a mature specimen for at about £240.00????? (saw this Sat. 9 July 2006) Why would it be so expensive?

Rosemary Organ   Wed Oct 15 2008

I have 2 plants in large pots outside our front door. When they are in flower the perfume of the flowers - especially evening time, is wonderful- over the last 10 years I have tried everything to obtain extra plants from cuttings with no luck whatsoever - where does one obtain seeds from? please, a wonderful plant to have in ones garden. Rosie 'O'

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