Scientific: Trachelospermum asiaticum
Common: Asiatic jasmine, confederate jasmine, dwarf jasmine
Pronounciation: Tra-chel-o-SPER-mum a-si-a-TI-cum
Landscape Use: Ground cover for smaller areas, raised planter beds, or trellis plant.
Form & Character: Wiry, spreading, evergreen vine, diminutive, mesic in appearance.
Growth Habit: Twining new growth, spreading and twines to 15 feet, does not attach to surfaces but rather wraps itself around attaching surface.
Foliage/Texture: Opposite, oval leaves to 1 inch with prominent venation patterns on underside of leaves, produces milky latex; medium fine texture.
Flowers & Fruits: Small, star shaped, flowers, creamy yellow in spring.
Seasonal Color: Flowers in spring.
Light: Partial to full shade. Does best in partia to full shade. Not for use in full sun in Arizona desert landscapes, especially no southern or western exposures. In other non-desert areas though, it can be used in full sun.
Soil: Alkaline soil will induce iron chlorosis.
Watering: Needs regular water.
Pruning: Little to none except to control spread.
Disease and Pests: None
Additional comments: Asiatic jasmine is much more refined and more fine textured than its close relative, T. jasminoides. Plant Asiatic jasmine 2 to 3 feet apart for use as a ground cover. In Phoenix, asiatic jasmine makes a nice ground cover for smaller, shaded spaces in mesic landscape gardens.