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Star jasmine

The Trachelospermum jasminoides is native to Japan, Korea, China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. 

Evergreen woody vine with a vigorous growth, it shows pubescent stems and petioles, the leaves are oblong or elliptic, long up to about 8 cm and up to 3 cm broad, of a glossy dark green colour. The inflorescences, which appear in spring-early summer, are axillar, on a long peduncle and carry white stellar flowers of about 2,5 cm of diameter, intensely perfumed. The fruits are follicles long up to about 36 cm, with a diameter of 0,5 cm, containing numerous seeds provided of a tuft of hair suitable to favour their dispersal. Usually, it reproduces by semi-woody cutting in summer, marcot and ground layering.

Very diffused climber, particularly in the areas with temperate and cold-temperate climate, due to its resistance to low temperatures, up to -12°C, the luxuriant foliage and the intensely perfumed blossoming. It is to be cultivated preferably in full sun for getting a copious flowering, and is not particular in soil, even if it prefers rich ones, sandy and well drained maintained rather humid; the adult plants can bear long periods of drought. All the parts of the plant, which has had a certain role in the traditional Chinese medicine, contain potentially toxic substances.

  • Category Outdoor flowering plants
  • Families Apocynaceae
  • Genus Trachelospermum
  • Species jasminoides
  • Geographical Area of Origin South-East Asia / Asia, Indian subcontinent
  • Climatic Zones Mediterranean: South and islands, hills. USDA 10 a
  • Habit Shrub-climber
  • Leaves Evergreen
  • Colore Foglie Verde
  • Flowering Period February / March / April / May / June
  • Flower Raceme
  • Colore Fiori Bianco
  • Favorite soil Neutral / Middle-Dough / Medium soil
  • Water needs Medium
  • Light Exposure Full light / Full sun / Medium shade / Half shade
  • Form Wired on stick / Plant on cane / Pyramid
  • Colore Frutti Marrone
  • Parfumed yes
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