Jasminum polyanthum

Jasmine

Also known as:

Pink jasmine, white jasmine

Family: Oleaceae

Origin: China

Jasmine close up of flowers.
Vigorous creeper with many stems that will grow into tree canopies. Flowers are highly fragrant.
Photo credit: Holly Cox

Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) status

  • Parkland with Significant Ecological Areas — Site-led
  • Whole region — Sustained control
  • Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area priority status
  • Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest

View more about the RPMP statuses

General description

Evergreen or semi-deciduous climber < 12 m tall. Stems are tough and wiry. Leaves are compound and dark green, with 5-7 leaflets and a large terminal leaflet. Flower buds are red/pink and borne in late winter – early spring. Flowers are white, five-petalled and star-like.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell jasmine within the Auckland region.
  • You must not plant jasmine within the Auckland region, unless you are transferring an existing plant on your land to another location within the boundaries of the same property.
  • You must destroy any jasmine on land that you occupy if it has been planted in breach of the above rules and you are directed to do so by an authorised person.

Auckland Council will manage jasmine in buffer areas of parks where jasmine is being managed. However, if you wish to help protect your local parkland, you are encouraged to control or remove any jasmine on your land and plant a better alternative instead.

View a map of park buffers.

To find out more about how we’re protecting Auckland’s parkland from pest plants, visit our pest plant buffer pages.

Habitats

Forest, forest margins and gaps, wasteland, roadsides, disturbed sites, fence-lines, abandoned structures.

Dispersal

Seeds dispersed by birds. Vegetative spread from suckering. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste.

Impact on environment

Forms dense groundcover, preventing native seedling establishment. Smothers all vegetation in the subcanopy.

Control

Site Management

Cut and pull vines away from desirable trees and native plants before foliar spraying. Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Cut vines and leave upper stems to die in trees or dig out.

Plant parts requiring disposal: All parts (except vines if left to die in trees).

Disposal options: Compost in a composting weed bag or remove to greenwaste or landfill.

Biocontrol

Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications: For small infestations: cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with metsulfuron gel.

Basic Growsafe certified: For small infestations: cut stump and spray freshly cut base of stems with 1g metsulfuron-methyl per 1L of water. Cut vines at waist height and foliar spray vines on the ground with 0.5g metsulfuron-methyl per 1L of water.

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user: For medium to large infestations: cut vines at waist height and foliar spray vines on the ground with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant.

Caution: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Jasmine with many flowers and buds.
Very easy to grow from broken stems and cuttings. Spreads through dumped garden waste.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow
Jasmine flowers and flower buds.
Prolific flowering vine producing fragrant flowers. Each stem that touches the ground and form roots.
Carpet of jasmine in flower.
Jasmine growing in tree canopies will kill native trees by blocking light. Long-lived creeper that produces large trunks.