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Star jasmine

Trachelospermum jasminoides

Confederate jasmine, Chinese star jessamine (Eng.), Sterjasmyn (Afr.)

Star jasmine is a versitile woody, evergreen climber. Landscapers like to use this creeper as a ground cover because it rapidly fills large tracts of land in both the hottest sun and in the cool shade of deciduous trees. It makes an excellent cover for walls and can be clipped into many shapes. The flowers are used in the perfume industry and in incenses.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

Layering
Layering can be done in autumn.
Cuttings
Root semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat during summer.

Special features

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.

Geography

Origin
Asia, China, Korea, Japan
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

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

Personality

Family
Apocynaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Strong

Problems

Generally trouble free.

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 platns.

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