Trachelospermum jasminoides ‘Chameleon’

Common Name – Trachelospermum jasminoides ‘Chameleon’

Plant Identification

Genus: Trachelospermum
Family: Jasminoides
Species: ‘Chameleon’ var. Variegata
Plant type: Woody, evergreen climber also used as ground cover
Variety: Variegata
Note: A marvelous cultivar of Star Jasmine that features bright green, white and pink leaves. Fragrant, small white flowers cover this mounding compact plant in late spring to autumn. Ideal as a hardy ground cover for its year long interesting foliage. Evergreen and hardy, and loves to grow in light to deep shade.

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Jasminoides Chameleon

Chameleon plants

Chameleon plants

Chameleon plants

Plant Descriptions

Fruit / flower: fragrant white flowers from late spring to autumn
Colour: white
Flowering time: Late spting to autumn
Flower size: small
Fragrance: jasmine like fragrance
Height: 50cm
Width: 50cm
Foliage description: The leaves are opposite, oval to lanceolate, 2-10 cm long and 1-4.5 cm broad, with an entire margin and an acuminate apex
Foliage colour: bright green, white and pink leaves.

Plant Requirements

Light preference: Full sun or semi shade.
Watering: Water well during the growing season and less in winter.
Soil requirements: Enjoys rich well composted fertile soil with good drainage. It prefers neutral to alkaline soil conditions, but will grow in slightly acid soils.
Fertilisation: Fertilise with a general fertiliser in spring. Does extremely well with a compost top dressing.
Pruning: As for Star Jasmine.

Other Information

Insects: Relatively easy. May be attacked by aphids.
Diseases: Relatively disease free. According to the RHS, in heavy, damp or clay soils, or in soils with a fluctuating water table, Trachelospermum may be susceptible to Phytophthora root rots.
Propogation: As for Star Jasmine, ‘Chameleon’ can be propagated by layering in spring, and also from semi-ripe cuttings in summer and autumn.
Other notes: This is a gorgeous, easy plant to have in thew garden especially in shaded areas where colour is lacking. Easy, evergreen, a pleasure to have in my garden!

My Notes: I love having this plant in my garden. Its easy, evergreen and provides a splash of colour. It’s been pest free since I’ve had it. I’m finding it to be slow growing. Perhaps it will grow faster next year …

About the author: Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

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