I have recently bought one of the above and was thinking of putting in a planter in front of a wooden fence panel. Searches suggest it can grow to anything from 3 metres to 6 metres (currently about 1 metre). Will it need serous staking? Also hardiness seems to vary on different sites - I'm in Hampshire? Any advice gratefully received as I love this plant and want to do my best for it! Thanks, Janet
The south of england frosts are never too severe and your tree will certainly need support and training. My question relates to the potential height and whether it can be planted in a container nd if so what size please?. How wide and deep do the roots go, bearing in mind the potential height.
Its more common name is Trachelospermum jasminoides. It won't need staking as it's a twining climber and will need a supporting framework to climb up through. And it can easily grow to 20 feet plus. It is not reliably hardy in colder parts of the UK. I live in Lincolnshire and my garden is a bit exposed and the only place I would put it is on a warm west facing end of our house wall that goes up more than 20 feet, but it's the bother of creating a framework that is putting me off.
Mine is in a fairly sheltered garden, being trained up one of the supports of a pergola. I live in a milder part of GB but in the snow earlier this year, it was covered in so much snow that it slid down the support and was reduced to half its height. It remained like that for a couple of days before I brushed the snow away and tied it back up. It does not appear to have come to any harm, so it must be fairly tough despite its classification as half hardy, on this website.
i bought this plant to go in my garden as we are on the west coast of north wales as we live right on the coast it has been in the garden for a period of about 6 years and has not flowerd or grown at all can you tell me do they not like sea air
They are not all the same though. The plant became popular around 1990, and garden centres went mad on them, but they were not hardy. I bought my parents one, and they kept it in a pot and brought it into a cold lean-to every winter. It flowered beautifully and they really enjoyed it. So they returned the favour a few years later and bought me one, but I didn't have the same conditions. I was forced to bring it indoors in winter, where the central heating killed it off. Then, the 'hardy' trachelospermum got popular, but it looks completely different - it has very shiny leaves - like a fig or a laurel, and it survives okay outside, although it nearly died here when the temperature got to nearly minus 20 and stayed really low for over two weeks in 2010. It seems, from experience and what others have said, that the hardy version does not flower so easily, although I have noticed a host of little buds on mine this year, which I don't recognise, so I am hoping that the plant has finally made a full recovery from the shock of 2010 and is about to 'give' this summer. I have noticed garden centres selling more of the original, less hardy type, lately. The leaves are lighter green and less shiny, so make sure you know which sort you have. My parents were in Surrey, and needed to bring into the lean-to, so that might be a bit like Hampshire. I will include a picture of my hardy one, so you can compare. The new leaves are often a bit red in colour - can't remember if that is true of the less hardy type.