12 March 2014

Trachelospermum asiaticum

Variegated Asiatic Jasmine
Faux Jasmine - Trachelospermum asiaticum
Chirimen kazura

Red winter foliage

Despite its common name, Asiatic Jasmine
 is not  related to the true jasmines.

A dwarf star jasmine with small yellow and green variegated leaves evergreen small-growing vine with glossy leaves that are much smaller than those of the standard Trachelospermum asiaticum.

New growth is pinkish-bronze.

The plant has a tight, compact growth with ovate to elliptic leaves ranging from quite tiny to around 1/4 inch in length.

Has it really been 34 years?
from a cutting

If unpruned it will climb or crawl on the ground, but it can be pruned to make a miniature shrub. When treated this way it makes a nice bonsai. A popular bonsai subject in Japan but not seen very often in the US.

Usage: Container, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Rock Garden, Wall, Topiary , Bonsai , Espalier

Drought Tolerant
USDA Zone 7-10.

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