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Confederate Jasmine Trachelospermum jasminoides

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
tray-key-low-SPER-mum jaz-min-OY-deez
Description

An evergreen woody climbing perennial that is grown as a vine or sprawling shrub or in containers that are overwintered indoors.  Where it is not winter hardy it is grown as an annual flower or it can be grown indoors as a houseplant.  It has beautiful dark green foliage and white, fragrant flowers in spring.  It is subject to winter kill to the ground when grown in full sun.  It is tolerant of heavy shade.  Star jasmine is in a different family (Apocynaceae) than the true jasmines in genus um (Oleaceae).  This vine is moderately salt tolerant. Not cold hardy, utilized in the coastal plain, lower south or as interior landscape plant; several cultivar selections cited as more cold-hardy; prune after flowering; provide support; utilized on lattices, arbors, fences.

Wildlife Value: Flowers are attractive to bees.  This plant is seldom damaged by deer.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  There are no serious insect or disease problems but watch for Japanese Beetles..

Quick ID

  • Evergreen vine with opposite, entire leaves
  • Flowers white, fragrant, salverform with pinwheel-like lobes
  • Bruised twigs & petiole with white milky latex
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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Madison'
    More cold hardy
'Madison'
Tags:
#bees#fragrant#evergreen#fragrant flowers#houseplant#heavy shade#container plant#wildlife plant#salt tolerant#interiorscape#trellis#playground#fast growing#cpp#fences#deer resistant#children's garden#arbors#pollinator plant#fantz#leathery leaves#vertical spaces#nectar plant spring#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Madison'
    More cold hardy
'Madison'
Tags:
#bees#fragrant#evergreen#fragrant flowers#houseplant#heavy shade#container plant#wildlife plant#salt tolerant#interiorscape#trellis#playground#fast growing#cpp#fences#deer resistant#children's garden#arbors#pollinator plant#fantz#leathery leaves#vertical spaces#nectar plant spring#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Trachelospermum
    Species:
    jasminoides
    Family:
    Apocynaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Western & Southern Japan to Vietnam
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers are attractive to bees. This plant is seldom damaged by deer.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Fragrance
    Screening
    Climbing Method:
    Twining
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Ground Cover
    Houseplant
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Vine
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a, 10a, 10b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit a pair of elongated follicles.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Creamy-white with slight yellowish-tinge, pungently sweet; calyx 5-lobed; corolla salverform, lobes 5, spreading, slightly twisted, overlapping to the right.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Smooth
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Opposite, simple, elliptic to oval-lanceolate, subacuminate, broadly cuneate to rotund, entire, glabrous; juvenile leaves bronze-purplish, becoming lustrous dark green, paler green below; venation with major veins a darker green; petiole very short, pubescent.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Stems and shoots pubescent when young, becoming glabrous; latex milky.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Recreational Play Area
    Vertical Spaces
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Garden for the Blind
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Screen/Privacy
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Salt