Scientific: Pandorea jasminoides
Common: Bower vine, pink Bower vine
Family: Bignoniaceae
Origin: Rain forests of New South Wales and Queensland, Australia and northern New Zealand.

Pronounciation: Pan-DOR-e-a jas-min-OYE-dez

Hardiness zones:
Sunset 13, 19-27
USDA 8 (with protection), 9-11

Landscape Use: Bower vine is great for covering abors, trellis and protected green walls; requires some support. With work Bower vine can be trained into a shrub form.

Form & Character: Rapidly spreading, clean and robust, sub-tropical to tropical in appearance.

Growth Habit: Sprawling evergreen vine to 20 feet, needs support.

Foliage/texture: Glabrous, odd-compound green leaves, five to nine leaflets that are each 1 to 2 inches long; medium texture.

Flowers & fruits: Terminal clusters of tubular flowers, five white petals with a pink to deep red throat; fruits are an elongated pod.

Seasonal color: In Phoenix, Bower vine flowers mostly during spring and occassionally autumn.

Temperature: Hardy to 20o to 25oF, sensitive to reflected heat and western exposures in Phoenix

Light: Full sun to filtered shade, will take some reflected sunlight.

Soil: Well-drained soil, requires consistent fertility.

Watering: Regularly irrigate in Phoenix because Bower vine needs an evenly moist soil for best performance.

Pruning: Prune in late summer or immediately after bloom in spring to shape and control spread.

Propagation: Softwood cuttings in late spring to early summer, layering anytime.

Disease and pests: Nematodes

Additional comments: This landscape vine is not common in Phoenix landscapes, even though it is generally fast-growing and easy in cultivation. Common named cultivars are 'Alba' and 'Lady Di' (white flowers), 'Rosea' and 'Southern Belle' (deep pink flowers), and 'Variegata' (white variegated foliage).