How to Plant and Grow Star Jasmine

Perfume your entire garden or home with this fragrant plant.

Star Jasmine

Denny Schrock

Blooming in spring and early summer, star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) will perfume an entire garden. Take a walk through a yard that hosts this easy-to-grow vine and you’ll likely catch the scent of the bright white flowers before you see them. The clusters of star-shaped blooms are petite and complemented by small, shiny evergreen leaves.

Star jasmine is a fast-growing woody vine that can scramble up a trellis or fence, making it a great choice for creating a living screen. Its twining stems anchor themselves to structures and move upward rapidly. Plant it at the base of a pergola or arbor to create a fragrant roof on the structure. Encourage the vines to climb up the support posts by twirling the young stems around the base of the posts. Star jasmine does not climb masonry.

Star Jasmine Overview

Genus Name Trachelospermum
Common Name Star Jasmine
Additional Common Names Confederate Jasmine
Plant Type Vine
Light Part Sun, Sun
Height 8 to 20 feet
Width null to 20 feet
Flower Color White
Season Features Spring Bloom, Summer Bloom
Special Features Attracts Birds, Fragrance, Low Maintenance
Zones 10, 7, 8, 9
Propagation Division, Stem Cuttings
Problem Solvers Good For Privacy

Where to Plant Star Jasmine

Star jasmine is winter hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 7-10. In areas where star jasmine is not hardy, you can treat it as an annual and enjoy the fragrant flowers for a single season, or bring it indoors during winter to enjoy it.

Star Jasmine Care Tips


Star jasmine thrives in full sun. It will grow in shade, but it grows slowly and produces few flowers in a part shade or full shade location. Select a planting site that receives at least eight hours of full sun each day.

Soil and Water

Fertile, well-drained soil is best for growing star jasmine. Blanket the soil around plants with a 2-inch-thick layer of mulch to prevent soil moisture loss. Water regularly during the first growing season to promote the development of a deep root system. Once established, the vine has good drought resistance and rarely needs supplemental watering.


Fertilize star jasmine with a balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10 or 5-10-10. Start fertilizing after new growth occurs in spring but before the flower buds form. During the season, fertilize every six weeks.


Prune star jasmine plants after they finish flowering to encourage new growth. If you wait until late summer to prune, the plant will not bloom as prolifically the following spring.

Pests and Problems

No significant pests or diseases trouble this vine, thanks to the birds that star jasmine attracts. They eat the mealybugs and aphids that otherwise bother the plant.

How to Propagate Star Jasmine

You can propagate star jasmine by taking cuttings from an existing plant. Make the cuttings about 6 inches long and cut immediately below a bud. Dip the cut end into a rooting powder and plant it in damp sand mixed with potting soil.

Growing Star Jasmine Indoors

In cold winter areas, bring star jasmine indoors and place it in a bright, sunny window. Water it regularly and rotate the pot every few weeks to promote equal growth on all sides. Star jasmine does not often bloom indoors, but it will bloom outdoors in spring or summer if you move it outside once all danger of frost has passed.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there other names for star jasmine?

    Other names for star jasmine include confederate jasmine, Chinese star jasmine, and southern jasmine. Despite its name, star jasmine (genus Trachelospermum) is not a true jasmine (genus Jasminum).

  • How quickly does star jasmine grow?

    After it's planted in spring, it will grow quickly, usually reaching 3 to 6 feet the first year. If trained on a structure or trellis for support, it will continue to add several a feet a year until it reaches a maximum of 25 to 30 feet.

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