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The South African jasmine vine is a slow to moderate growing vining shrub from South Africa. When planted on slopes and against walls it can mound 8-10 ft. tall and spread 12-15 ft. wide. Grown as a vine, it can reach 15-20 ft. tall and fit residential scale spaces very well. Its dark green leaves are divided into 3 rounded leaflets; clusters of lightly fragrant white flowers cover the plant in spring.

This adaptable shrubby vine has refined foliage character and is useful in both residential and commercial landscapes for growing on trellises, walls and banks. It performs best in partial shade and warm locations with regular water. Like other species of jasmine, the fragrance of the flowers is very sweet and enjoyable.

Water Needs

The South African jasmine vine grows best in partial shade and without moisture stress. Regular irrigation is recommended throughout the year. The chart shown below provides a baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water; higher amounts of water will result in stronger springtime flowering performance and better summer foliage character.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Moderate Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 4

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 3x 0x to 3x 0x to 3x 2x to 3x 2x to 3x 3x to 4x 3x to 4x 3x to 4x 2x to 3x 2x to 3x 0x to 3x 0x to 3x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
Inches per Month 0" to 3" 0" to 3" 0" to 3" 2" to 3" 2" to 3" 3" to 4" 3" to 4" 3" to 4" 2" to 3" 2" to 3" 0" to 3" 0" to 3"

Range of supplemental summer water: 17"-24"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-15"

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, follow this link.

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Plant Properties

Plant Type: Vine
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Spreading, Mounding, Climbing
Growth Rate: Slow
Height: 8 ft. - 10 ft.
Width: 12 ft. - 15 ft.
Water Needs: Moderate 4
Foliage Color: Dark green
Flower Color: White
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Loam
Exposure Adaptations: All day sun
Function: Slopes, Screening, Residential spaces, Overhead structures, Flowering accent plant, Espalier, Commercial spaces, Banks, Background plant, Fragrant flowers


Prune to space limitations of what the vine is growing on. Covers fences, arbors, or lattices. Prune as needed throughout the year, but be careful not to prune off too many buds before early summer blooming period (D).