Trachelospermum jasminoides Star of Toscana ('Selbra') (PBR)
yellow star jasmine
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- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to August
- Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)
A new and attractive woody, evergreen climber with rich, dark green leaves which often turn bronze in winter. Unlike its well established and much-loved relative, its flowers are yellow, but they still have the same sweet perfume. These appear in clusers over along period from summer to autumn. Happiest grown against a warm, sunny wall in milder areas, it is said to be hardy to -10C, but in areas prone to severe frosts it will need winter protection.
- Garden care: After flowering has finished prune back to fit the available space. In frost prone areas, grow in pots of loam-based potting compost, such as John Innes No2 and move to a sheltered spot in winter.
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Q:Are these plants self-supporting i.e. would they cling without additional support to a brick wall, similar to the way, say, ivy would?Asked on 21/9/2016 by Ladybird from Winchester
No this climber needs a support like a trellis or frame to twist up.Answered on 22/9/2016 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:I would like to plant an evergreen jasmine on an open metal fence in full sun, subject to strong westerly winds. I like the Star of Toscane but would T Asiaticum Goshiki, T Variegatum or T Wilsonii be better? The soil seems to be tending towards clay. I'm mostly interested in successful growth as this borders a neighbour's property and l want it to look good for them too.Asked on 13/8/2016 by Pansy Potter from Newton Abbot Devon.
All the Trachelospermums need a relatively sheltered spot to thrive, so they may not be suitable for the exposed spot you have in mind.Answered on 26/9/2016 by Helen from crocus
Q:I have a 3 yr old Trachelospernum Jasminoides, looks v healthy & happy, growing well to top of porch & now coming across -but never flowered! HELP!Asked on 26/5/2015 by hobbledehoye from Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
If it is getting plenty of sun, water and fertiliser then you could give it a bit of a push by feeding with a fertiliser that is high in Potash. The best would be either Sulphate of Potash or Tomorite - just make sure you follow the directions.Answered on 27/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:We are looking for some kind of hardy evergreen climbing plant to form a nice and neat door arch. It will be east facing and partially shaded with a large tree in front of our door on the pedestrian pavement. Would you recommend this plant to be easily trimmed to form the shape and ok to grow in partially shaded east facing location?Asked on 12/5/2015 by Cindy from Surrey
Unfortunately this climber is not fully hardy and it does prefer a sunnier spot, so it would not be ideal. A better option would be Hedera helix Glacier - please click on the following link to go straight to it.Answered on 15/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Hi, bought this from you last autumn and we are waiting for it to get going this year, how high will it grow this year roughly do you think? Also I planted it slightly lower than the ground level, was this the right thing to do?
thanksAsked on 22/4/2015 by emmamo from Torquay
Ideally these should be planted so the soil level is the same as it was in the pot. As for growth rate, this is tricky as it largely depends on external factors such as the available water, light and nutrients. It has to be said that these are not the fastest growing climbers though - at least until they get well established, so you may need to be patient.Answered on 5/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Would this be toxic to dogs? I am looking for an evergreen climber that will also flower and hopefully grow quite quickly.
Thanks.Asked on 25/3/2015 by Cassie33
It is always best to check with your vet, but I have looked on the Dogs Trust website and they have not listed this plant as being toxic to dogs - see link below.
https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/factsheets-downloads/factsheetpoisonoussubstances09.pdfAnswered on 2/4/2015 by Anonymous
Q:Hi would this plant be ok to grow in the garden with gravel around the bottom sort of like in a gravel garden
ThanksAsked on 6/3/2015 by GAZZA from CHESTERFIELD DERBYSHIRE
Yes as long as it is planted in a sheltered sunny position, in soil, and is kept well watered it should be fine.
Hope this helps.Answered on 6/3/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Hi, How high/tall could this plant grow in a couple of years time, if in the right position and looked after properly? I would like to grow it up the front of my house which is south facing. It would be planted in the ground.
Many thanks.Asked on 23/2/2015 by Tall Bird from Chesterfield
Unfortunately it is hard to be sure how fast any plant will grow as many external factors can affect a plant's growth such as how much moisture and nutrients the plant gets, the weather, the soil, competition from other plants etc.
Sorry we can't be more precise.Answered on 4/3/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Hi, would this plant be suitable for growing up a pergola? I am after an evergreen jasmine that flowers in the summer rather than the spring. ThanksAsked on 19/11/2014 by Mac from Berkshire
Yes you could grow this up a pergola, but it is only frost hardy so it will need a sheltered, protected spot where it won't be caught by frosts and cold weather. Hope this helps.Answered on 20/11/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:I have had a trachelospermum jasminoides for 4 years (in a large pot) but for the last 2 summers it has not flowered. Should I be feeding it with something to enable it to flower?
Thank you.Asked on 29/8/2014 by Diana from Hampshire
It may need a larger pot as these plants can get pretty big, so think about potting it up in autumn. Also, in spring next year, you can also start feeding with a general purpose fertiliser such as MiracleGro.Answered on 1/9/2014 by helen from crocus
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