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Tracleospermum jasminoides or Star jasmine

Joy*Joy* Posts: 571
A well developed and healthy looking specimen was planted in my new garden to cover some trellis last December.  It looked fine all winter but when it started to grow, all new shoots were yellow.  It developed what I expected to be flower buds and I have been waiting patiently for them to come out. On close inspection this morning it appears that the 'buds' have turned into very tiny lime yellow stars which I assume are the open 'flowers'. They don't smell and are not petals. It was planted in a base of new, good quality topsoil with the addition of general purpose compost - lots of it. I've kept it moist and tied the original growth to the trellis. The new growth is not long enough to tie in. What have I done wrong? I've trawled the internet for ideas but without success. The RHS say that it is generally disease free. Thank you for reading this and for any replies.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,300
    to me, this plant is over-rated.  Can you post a pic of the things that are growing?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • ShepsSheps Posts: 2,105
    I'd say there is nothing wrong with it, those lime green stars are the flowers starting to form, give it time and I'm sure it will give a lovely display of beautiful white flowers.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,937
    They're lovely nut - and the scent on a warm summer evening is fab.

    Sadly the above combo is now part of the footings of my extension..

    There are some varieties of SJ that have different flowers. I had one with very small creamy white flowers with little scent.
    Sometimes the new growth is vigorous and quite pale green to start with, but as nut says, a photo will help us try and find the problem

    Billericay - Essex

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • 1634 Racine1634 Racine Posts: 568

    I came across this kinda brutal looking bandstand in Spain the other day.  But just look at the jasmine and the smell was INCREDIBLE!
  • ShepsSheps Posts: 2,105
    If it looks like this, picture taken in the garden a few minutes ago, then I'd say it is fine.

    The flowers are just starting to form and will appear in good time.

    Sheps... :)
  • Joy*Joy* Posts: 571
    Thank you everybody. I'll have a go at posting a picture (on a learning curve on this site at the moment) but it does look a bit like yours, Shep so special thanks to you.
  • ShepsSheps Posts: 2,105
    No problem, Joy... pleased to help you out.

  • Joy*Joy* Posts: 571
    Thank you for the reassurance.  It has been lovely. It isn't very close to the house but with the right conditions we could smell it indoors. It is so good, I'm going to plant one or even two more.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,591
    I wonder if this is a special new golden leaved plant...not the common Trachelospermum jasminoides
    Trachelospermum asiaticum Golden Memories.

    Quote...." Golden Memories' is a frost hardy, evergreen, twining climber with oval, glossy, golden-yellow to yellow-green leaves and fragrant, cream flowers in summer fading to yellow with age.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
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