A flowering, woody vine. Shiny, green, egg-shaped leaves are oppositely arranged. Fragrant, white, pinwheel-shaped flowers grow in abundant clusters. Bees will frequently visit during the blooming period in Spring and Summer. Native to China, Vietnam, Japan, and Korea, the first report of cultivation in Hawaii was in 1917.
To date, there are no reports of naturalization in Hawaii, but it can become a landscaping nightmare. Fast-growing vines that are drought tolerant can quickly run amock, smothering host trees, growing into the forest edge, and ruining the integrity of fences or other human-made support systems. But, regular pruning will solve the problem. It can be a ground cover if the pruning is extensive enough. There are no serious pests.
The common name confederate jasmine is misleading as it is not jasmine, nor are they related. Confederate jasmine is more closely related to plumeria than true jasmines.
- Container plant
- Lei flower
- Privacy / screening
- No dangers