Star jasmine is often referred to as “confederate jasmine” but isn’t a member of the true jasmine family. However, the sweet fragrance of its delicate white star-shaped flowers is reminiscent of the heady fragrance associated with jasmines. Fast-growing vining star jasmine is winter hardy in USDA zones 7b through 10 and can be allowed to climb trees and fences. This versatile plant can be pinched and pruned to perform as a specimen shrub, or even as an effective ground cover.
Plant your star jasmine in early spring. As long as the location drains well, your jasmine won’t be terribly fussy about soil type. These versatile plants will thrive in full or part sun.
Soak the newly planted star jasmine enough to uniformly dampen the soil. Don’t let it dry out completely during the first several months following planting, but don’t allow the site to become soggy or wet. The plant will be fairly drought resistant once established.
Feed your star jasmine a good balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer from early spring through fall. Follow the packaging instructions carefully.
Pinch off young stems throughout the growing season to keep the plant from vining excessively, if desired. This will encourage a lower habit and fuller shrublike appearance.
Water star jasmine enough to keep the soil surface evenly moist throughout the growing season. Reduce watering in late fall or early winter. Wait until the top 1 to 2 inches of soil dry out before watering again until spring.
Prune dead or damaged stems from your star jasmine in late winter after the blooming cycle has completed. This plant looks best when allowed to grow naturally but can tolerate being cut back by about one-third of its foliage volume per season.