Most seasoned gardeners know what a Star Jasmine, is and looks like. And that the plant is hardy even in some colder climates once established. Just imagine what this vine plant looks like in Maui, Hawaii. What a site!
On our recent vacation to Maui, my wife and I were pleased to note this familiar groundcover was used abundantly and strategically in landscaping around our hotel. We also noted this easily grown landscaping vine plant was displayed at many of the Hawaii retail shopping centers nearby our hotel grounds to enhance the main entrances like developers do in the mainland. In Hawaii, jasmine flowers are called pikake.
We had this lovely vine plant growing at our entry arch for several years until it finally succumbed to the very severe winter we had last year in Fort Worth. Prior to then it would lose a few leaves to the cold, but always game back thicker and greener with many of those fragrant star-shaped white flowers.
Accompanying this article is a slide show featuring the subject plant growing in Maui, Hawaii and some of its uses there. We have also included some shots of other beautiful flowers and landscaping we experienced on our vacation to that special place.
Maui, Hawaii is known for its beautiful tropical and unique plants so it is usually a surprise, as it was to us, when one spots a common mainland plant used in that landscape.
Here’s some info on these popular plants from the homeguides experts:
More than 200 species
There are more than 200 species of Jasminum or true jasmine, primarily most are not usually used as groundcover plants. They often develop into 6- to 10-foot tall rises with long, rambling branches or the vine finds an object to climb up (like our brick entry arch).
Some false jasmines can be utilized for groundcover in larger areas, however, and one true jasmine that is well-suited to use for that purpose in smaller landscapes.
Hardy varieties available
With a variety of frost-hardy to extremely frost-tender species available, a jasmine plant is likely correct for your garden. Jasminum is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant hardiness zones 6 through 11, dependent on the variety. Many of these plants have highly aromatic flowers, however some varieties are absent of a scent. “Jasmine plants are perennial vines, and many varieties will climb a trellis, cascade over a wall or sprawl as a ground cover.”
Trachelospermum jasminoides, commonly known as Confederate jasmine and star jasmine, is also not a true variety. However, it looks similar to true variety type and produces 1-inch diameter white pinwheel flowers in the spring. It is winter hardy only in zones 8 to 10. Star jasmine grows naturally to between 3 and 6 feet tall but forms a solid ground cover when sheared to 2 feet tall. It is better suited to use as a ground cover in large, landscaped areas where multiple plants can be planted 3 to 6 feet apart. This jasmine-type groundcover grows in full sun or partial shade and is drought tolerant one to two years after it is planted.
So go ahead and create that Maui, Hawaii garden, plant some of this striking vine plant to remind you of where you would like to be during those cold, snowy winters.