Jasminum Stephanense or Stephan Jasmine
The Jasminum Stephanense (Jasminium × stephanense), commonly referred to as the Stephen Jasmine or Pink Summer Jasmin, is a deciduous climbing vine. It climbs virtually any surface such as walls, fences, posts, pergolas or trees by using twining stems. The vine also grows well in a container or pot where it can be allowed to climb or dangle. In areas with mild winters, the exceptionally tough vine grows as an evergreen.
Jasminium Stephanense features green pinnate leaves that often boast cream markings. During the spring and summer months, a bevy of soft pink trumpet flowers appear. The flowers attract a wide assortment of butterflies and bees to the garden. Each of the vine's flowers releases a delicate fragrance. When the vine is planted in full sun or partial shade and the weather is warm the smell of the flowers intensify. It is also generally stronger in the morning and evening hours.
Jasminum Stephanense grows to a height of 15 meters and a width of 1.5 meters quickly. Normally it will attain its full growth potential in less than ten years. It is a heavy vine so it requires a strong support system to hold its weight. It can be pruned to control growth or cut all the way to the ground to rejuvenate the plant and encourage more flower production. However, pruning is not required except to remove old, dead shoots.
Plant Stephan Jasmine in virtually any type of well-draining soil. It thrives in chalk, clay, sand, and loam. It grows well in zone H5. Ideally, it grows best when planted alongside a south or west-facing wall, fence, or trellis. Once established it is virtually disease and pest free.
Jasminum Stephanense is a naturally occurring hybrid. The vine is found in the forests of China. Its parent plants are the Jasminum beesianum and Jasminum Officinale and the Jasminum x Stephanense is the only naturally occurring hybrid of the over 200 varieties of jasmine that are known around the world.
If you are seeking a fast growing Jasmin climber that will quickly overtake a trellis plus boast exceptionally fragrant flowers than the Stephan Jasmine is perfect. Its ease of care and hardiness makes this a must have vine for any cottage garden, woodland landscape, or formal garden.
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