Trachelospermum, when we can’t grow jasmine

This climbing plant of the Apocynaceae family is known as False Jasmine among other common names.

The Trachelospermum jasminoides is a recommended plant to use covering walls, gates, lattices…since its climbing character makes it ideal.

They are native plants of the Far East but very widespread in gardens of temperate climates since unlike jasmine, the Trachelospermum tolerates frost up to -10 ° C.

Throughout the year it retains its intense green foliage, in spring and throughout the summer it emits its characteristic scented flowers that look similar to those of jasmine (even some flowers appear in autumn).

In general, the flowers are white (I have only seen them of this color although they have told me that there are yellowish ones too)

Some people recommend it at all costs for any place where a climber is needed. I would say that while it is very effective, it does not damage walls or structures…not in all locations, it looks beautiful.

It is true that it tolerates sun or semi-shade, that it tolerates all types of soils and that resists cold and heat well. But it is no less true that you need a soil that drains well but with moisture or watering, better yet that it is rich in organic matter. In addition, in many places in the interior of Spain where I have been able to see this plant, it is common for me to suffer from intense iron chlorosis that will force us to apply iron chelates to correct the problem of leaf yellowing.

In other cases, some plants thrive beautifully and others in the same location are stunted for no apparent reason …


Tolerates pruning, although not required, the plant will bloom year after year without problems, resisting frost of greater importance when their stems are more lignified consistency (the stems turn from green to brown as they age and become woodier)

That if growth Slow and guiding the stems so that they entangle at the beginning will no longer be necessary since once the plant is grasped it will grow more intensely, which will force us to use pruning shears, and will appropriate the space that is available for growing.

It can also be an interesting option for an attic, patio, terraced house wall or terrace where containerized confinement can grow and give a lot of play (without reaching the specimens planted in the ground).

It is a plant in general quite resistant to pests and diseases, as I say if I have seen enough plants with symptoms of intense chlorosis.

It is quite easy to multiply the Trachelospermum by cuttings or by layering.

If all this seems little we find some varieties of variegated or reddish leaves.

As I said before a good substitute for jasmine in climates where it is impossible for us to grow them and an all-terrain climber that usually gives very good results.

It is another one of those plants that, not being used for a long time, cease to be very interesting for any garden, although in some areas they have gone out of style or never became.

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