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Jasminum mesnyi (Primrose Jasmine)

PeggyTXPeggyTX Posts: 556
edited August 2019 in Plants
I don't know if you folks in the UK grow this strain of jasmine, but if so, has anyone succeeded in getting it to train up a trellis?  I think it's natural growth habit (unlike many other jasmines) is to grow in a mound that cascades down from the center, umbrella-like.  But I really wanted to try to train it to a trellis in front of a blank brick wall at the front of my garden to hide two under-house vents.  Not having much luck at doing that with this on one I planted out in April.  Am I fighting a losing battle?   
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  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,248

    Jasminum mesnyi is super.
    However it is not hardy in most of UK.

    H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Don't know if this will help you.


    Cultivar: n/a  
    Size:Height: 8 ft. to 12 ft.
    Width: 3 ft. to 6 ft.  
    Plant Category:climbers,  
    Plant Characteristics:edible flowers,  
    Foliage Characteristics:evergreen,  
    Flower Characteristics:long lasting,  
    Flower Color:yellows,  
    Tolerances:deer, heat & humidity, 
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,234
    The growth habit looks as if it might be similar to our winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) which doesn't twine or cling but needs to be tied in to make it cover a fence or trellis. You could try tieing in some shoots and see if that encourages it to grow upwards.

    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • PeggyTXPeggyTX Posts: 556
    edited August 2019
    I can't wait for mine to bloom, SilverSurfer.  Supposed to bloom on previous year's growth, so I won't want to prune this one for awhile until I can study that pattern. Lovely blooms I believe just in the afternoon/evening. 
    Informative article, NannaBoo.  Thank you very much. 
    JennyJ, it does looks to grow into the same shape as your winter jasmine.  I think I'll try tying this young plant onto the trellis/wires with strips of nylon stockings.  Once there's some growth up higher, it may get easier to just weave new branches up into the wires on the trellis.  Using nylon ties won't damage the soft branches and I can remove/relocate as needed.  I was thinking I should perhaps begin tying it on.
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