Southern Jasmine

Trachelospermum jasminoides

Southern Jasmine

Trachelospermum jasminoides


How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me


The Southern Jasmine is a dual-purpose evergreen plant that is both an excellent ground cover and a fabulous twining vine. It covers up to 12 feet across, or at least 6 feet up a trellis, with attractive glossy leaves that look great all year round. It turns a patch of dry earth into a green carpet, or an ugly fence into a thing of beauty. In spring it is smothered in clusters of white flowers with ‘windmill’ petals on long tubes. These have a wonderful fragrance reminiscent of jasmine, that wafts through your garden.

  • Delicious fragrance in spring
  • Evergreen leaves are always glossy and attractive
  • Beautiful white flowers like tiny windmills
  • Excellent as a ground cover or as a vine
  • Easy to grow in a tub in colder zones

The Southern Jasmine grows in a wide range of light conditions, from full sun, through partial shade and into light full shade. Flowering is best with some sun. It is hardy to zone 8, and grows in just about any well-drained soil, including poor soils under trees. Regular watering, some fertilizer and rich mulch will give the maximum growth, but poorer conditions are not serious. Pests and diseases are very rare, and you can trim after flowering if you need to.

Plant Hardiness Zones 8-10
Mature Width 2-12
Mature Height 1-12
Sun Needs Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Zones 8-10

Sometimes in gardens the idea of ‘oldies but goodies’ is excellent advice. It is easy to plant all those beautiful new plants, and forget that we need a strong background planting in our gardens as a framework for all that novelty. Sometimes too, there are difficult areas that only a well-established, tried and true plant can handle. This tells us that ignoring an established older plant like the Southern Jasmine would be a mistake. There is a good reason why you find it in many gardens of the southeast – it’s tough as nails, and tackles all those difficult spots. That doesn’t make it boring, though. When you see the charming ‘windmill’ blossoms in their profusion, and smell that wonderful scent, you’ll appreciate its beauty as well as its toughness. It’s a versatile plant too, growing happily as a groundcover and also eagerly twining its way into a fence or up a trellis. All these things are good reasons why you should make as much use of this low-maintenance plant – so that you have time left for your other plants, or for other things. After all, there is more to life than working in the garden.

Growing the Southern Jasmine

Size and Appearance

The Southern Jasmine is a vine-like plant that creeps across the ground or twines up into a trellis or fence. Although the stems are thin there are many of them, so it makes a dense covering. The evergreen leaves are in pairs along the stems, each one up to 2½ inches long, although usually smaller. They are glossy, leathery , dark green and smooth, with a lovely clean look. Blooms usually come in April, and flowering is often profuse, covering the plant entirely. The clusters of white flowers form all along the stems, and each flower is about ½ inch across, or more, with 5 spread out petals at the end of a slender tube. These are arranged just like the blades of a windmill, surrounding a creamy-yellow mouth into the tube. The scent is rich and tropical, and certainly like jasmine, although this plant is not a true jasmine at all. Bees and other pollinators are attracted to it, although seeds seem never to be produced.

Using the Southern Jasmine in Your Garden

This is a great dual-purpose plant, because if you want a tough ground-cover, then this is it. Need a climbing vine? The Southern Jasmine is that too. It covers everything boring or unsightly, from bare earth beneath trees to an ugly chain-link fence. One plant will cover up to 12 feet of ground, although if you want quicker coverage spacing them about 4 feet apart is best. It is also perfect for growing up narrow trellis panels beside a door or between windows. If you live in a cooler area, or don’t have a garden, it can be grown on a moss pole, trellis or sticks, in a pot, and then brought into a cool porch during the coldest months.


The Southern Jasmine is hardy outdoors all year in zones 8, 9 and 10. If you are in zone 7, check out the Madison Cold-hardy Jasmine, which is basically the same plant, but more cold-resistant.

Sun Exposure and Soil Conditions

One of the best things about this plant is how it will grow across all light conditions, from full sun through partial shade and even in light full shade. Sure, blooming is reduced in full shade, but those attractive green leaves still do their job. In the hottest zones the ideal place is with morning sun followed by afternoon shade, especially in the summer months. It is equally forgiving when it comes to soil – anything well-drained will do, including that nasty soil beneath mature trees. Give new plants some help with water, but once established it is also drought resistant.

Maintenance and Pruning

You might need to show your plant the idea when you want it to twine, but once started it catches on fast. Although tough and durable in difficult spots, some regular watering, rich mulch and even some fertilizer will do wonders. Pot-grown plants should be fed regularly with a general-purpose ‘flowering pot plants’ fertilizer. Pests or diseases are virtually unknown, and you can trim any time, although straight after flowering makes the most sense.

History and Origin of the Southern Jasmine

Usually called Southern Jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides, is a plant that came to America as part of the extensive trade with China that took place in the 19th century. It seems the first plants arrived in Savanna, Georgia, which was an important southern port at the time. You would find this plant growing wild in the warmer parts of China and Japan, as well as in Vietnam. Although it seems logical that it is named after the southern confederacy, some people think it was the Malay Confederation instead, so even ‘woke’ folks can continue to use this name.

Buying the Southern Jasmine at the Tree Center

Ever popular, Southern Jasmine might be an ‘old standard’, but that’s no reason to pass it by. Oldies but goodies never become unfashionable, and just one whiff and you will know why everyone loves this great plant. Order now, because this plant is always hard to come by, and sells out fast.

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Southern Jasmine

Trachelospermum jasminoides