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Products > Trachelospermum 'Pink Showers'
 
Trachelospermum 'Pink Showers' - Pink Star Jasmine
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Apocynaceae (Dogbanes)
Origin: China (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [Rhynchospermum jasminoides]
Height: 2-6 feet
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Trachelospermum 'Pink Showers' (Pink Star Jasmine) A new twist to the very popular fragrant fast growing semi-tropical evergreen white flowering star jasmine as this cultivar has PINK FLOWERS! 'Pink Showers' will grow as a vine, a shrub or groundcover with 2 inch long elliptical leaves that first emerge a bright green color in early spring and darken to a leathery glossy dark green in time to be a foil for fragrant light pink blooms that first appear in mid to late spring and rebloom through summer hanging in clusters on outside branches. The individual flowers open over a long period providing an extended flowering and the petals and sepals on each are uniquely rolled back along the margins. For the cultural aspects we are presuming this plant will be similar to the typical white flowering Trachelospermum jasminoides. It should prove to be best planted in sun or part shade in soil with decent drainage and given occasional to infrequent summer watering - pretty drought tolerant along the coast but looks better with occasional irrigation. It will likely be heat tolerant in inland valleys and frost hardy to around 10 F, though leaves will probably turn bronzy in the winter with temperatures below freezing. It should respond to pruning or even shearing but care should be used to do so after flowering as the flowers are held on the previous year's growth. This beautiful plant was introduced in the US in 2007 by Ted Stephens, of Nurseries Carolina after discovering it being grown in a specialty nursery in Japan. Mr. Stephens noted that he thought it had been brought to Japan from China by Mr. Akari Shibamichi, a well-respected Japanese plantsmen. It first circulated in the US as a cultivar of Trachelospermum asiaticum, but more recently as a variety of our familiar Star Jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides, a species native to eastern and southeastern Asia, into Japan, Korea, southern China, and Vietnam. For more about this species, see our listing of Trachelospermum jasminoides. In many respects this plant does not closely resemble either of these species as it has thinner more delicate foliage. We first got this very cool pink flowering form from Xera Plants in Portland, Oregon and later more stock from Ted Stephens of Nurseries Carolina.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Trachelospermum 'Pink Showers'.
 
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