The Asian Star Jasmine, otherwise known as the Trachelospermum Asiaticum, Asiatic Jasmine, Dwarf Confederate Jasmine, Japanese Star Jasmine, Trachelospermum asiaticum majus or Trachelospermum majus Nakai, is a well-known climber plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.
Best known for its average maintenance and moderate growth, this climber will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green-colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.
Fortunately, taking care of your Asian Star Jasmine is not too difficult – as long as you follow our guidelines in this Asian Star Jasmine Care Guide. Now let’s get started.
The fundamental caring guidelines for every Asian Star Jasmine can be summed up into the following:
- Water: The Asian Star Jasmine needs evenly spread moist soil – try to avoid letting the soil dry out.
- Light: Keep your Trachelospermum Asiaticum in an environment where it can receive partial to full sun on a daily basis.
- Soil: Make sure to keep the Asian Star Jasmine in soil with well-draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of sand, chalk, and loam.
And as with many other plants, these are the only three care factors you need to remember to make sure your Asian Star Jasmine is, for the most part, healthy and well to survive.
Scientific / Botanical Aspects
In botanical terms, the Asian Star Jasmine belongs to the Apocynaceae family, the genus Trachelospermum and the species Asiaticum, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Trachelospermum Asiaticum (trak-ee-lo-SPERM-um ay-shi-AT-i-kum).
As with other Trachelospermum’s, the Asian Star Jasmine is an evergreen plant, which means it will be present year round in your garden.
The Asian Star Jasmine is a plant native to the India, China and Japan and Korea.
As a rule of thumb, we recommend to always keep in mind your plants’ native region and environment, since these are the conditions that your Asian Star Jasmine is most accustomed to, thus where it can most favorably.
With this in mind, the Trachelospermum Asiaticum will be most used to the heat zones in the 7 – 12 region, and in climate zones that range between 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.
Growth and Size
In terms of size and growth, the Asian Star Jasmine is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.
But what exactly does this mean for your Asian Star Jasmine? How large a pot should you consider, how tall, how wide can it get? Let’s jump in…
The Trachelospermum Asiaticum can grow up to 6″ – 20′ (15cm – 6m) in 6″ – 20′ (15cm – 6m).
In terms of watering, the Asian Star Jasmine is a fairly complicated plant to take care of. This is mostly because it has a not so straightforward watering schedule and somewhat irregular watering needs.
Specifically, most experts agree that the Trachelospermum Asiaticum needs evenly spread moist soil – try to avoid letting the soil dry out.
Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water.
As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Asian Star Jasmine in soil with well-draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive.
But, if you want a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to watering your Asian Star Jasmine then you should consider the famous ‘finger’ test. To perform this test, you just need to put your finger in your plant’s soil and determine if it’s moist or not. If it is, then don’t water; if it isn’t, then please do. In any case, this test will allow you to know if your Asian Star Jasmine needs or does not need water, every time.
The Asian Star Jasmine’s ideal soil potting mix is made out of sand, chalk, and loam.
In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.
Light and Placement
In terms of light & exposure, the Asian Star Jasmine requires partial to full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions.
Most experts agree that this climber will do well as long as you keep it in partial to full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.
Specifically, we recommend that you place your Trachelospermum Asiaticum in little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to full and direct sun (more 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).
Being an evergreen plant, the Asian Star Jasmine will be present year round in your garden. But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (early, mid, late), the summer (early, mid, late), the fall, and during the winter.
In particular, this climber is well known for its fragrant and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.
The Asian Star Jasmine produces some beautiful yellow, or gold/yellow and white flowers around this time of year.
The leaves from the Asian Star Jasmine have a beautiful green color during most of the year.
In particular, they have a simple arrangement with an opposite organization in its leaves.
Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance
The Asian Star Jasmine is well known for its tolerance to drought and animals like deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Trachelospermum Asiaticum will be fine.
Now, let’s talk garden and how your Asian Star Jasmine will look best in it.
Other owners consider that they compliment well most gardens of coastal garden, city and courtyard, and in informal and cottage styles.
In particular, the Asian Star Jasmine’s best location within your garden is in hedges and screens, wall-side borders, ground covers, patio and containers, and in walls and fences, others use it for landscaping in a mass planting, ground cover, coastal exposure, border, container, espalier, or a woodland garden.
Asian Star Jasmine’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Hibiscus mutalbilis, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.
Others consider that a nice Phormium tenax ‘Atropurpureum Compactum’ will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!
Even though we covered a lot of care information for your Asian Star Jasmine, remember the basics: sunlight, soil and water, as these should be enough to grow a healthy plant at home.