Star Jasmine with big trunk and branches in garden?

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Star Jasmine with big trunk and branches in garden?

Post  SidneyDR on Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:47 pm

Hi,

In the back of our garden is a plant (?) Which has grow to be pretty big. It is currently without leaves but when it blooms the plant is filled with small white flowers that smell great. I've been googling for this and noticed that it really looks like star jasmine. Our plant is about 3 meters high and the trunk seems to be twisted. I can take a picture. Would it be possible to take a sample for a bonsai of this plant? Most of the branches are at least 10cm in diameter. We will have to prune it soon becausd it can be an overwhelming plant.

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Post  Auballagh on Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:13 am

Hello,
it's impossible to say with any certainty what sort of tree/shrub or bush you have without reviewing a bit more descriptive - photographic - info.  To illustrate: it's possible you may actually have a Fragrant Olive, (Osmanthus fragrans) in your yard.  A species of shrub that is near legendary in the seasonal production of its fragrant, tiny blossoms.  Plus, this Asian species can grow quite rampant in limited space, and my need a lot of pruning to control it....
Nonetheless, if this tree/shrub interests you?  It may be desirable to attempt an air layer of a suitable branch or two for possible development into Bonsai, (That would otherwise be lost to pruning, anyway?).
This older, Graham Potter video is very clear on the basics of the air layering art (though based on a Crab Apple), and may help:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CREGA3jxGJE

and here is the follow-on, Part 2 video he made later on that may help you to instill confidence in the surgical procedure:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6udaoTZp5Q

Enjoy.
And, good luck.  Smile
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Post  augustine on Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:38 pm

I would take an air layer after leaves have hardened off. From your description it sounds like it has the possibility of being a good plant for bonsai.

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Post  SidneyDR on Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:12 pm

Auballagh wrote:Hello,
it's impossible to say with any certainty what sort of tree/shrub or bush you have without reviewing a bit more descriptive - photographic - info.  To illustrate: it's possible you may actually have a Fragrant Olive, (Osmanthus fragrans) in your yard.  A species of shrub that is near legendary in the seasonal production of its fragrant, tiny blossoms.  Plus, this Asian species can grow quite rampant in limited space, and my need a lot of pruning to control it....
Nonetheless, if this tree/shrub interests you?  It may be desirable to attempt an air layer of a suitable branch or two for possible development into Bonsai, (That would otherwise be lost to pruning, anyway?).
This older, Graham Potter video is very clear on the basics of the air layering art (though based on a Crab Apple), and may help:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CREGA3jxGJE

and here is the follow-on, Part 2 video he made later on that may help you to instill confidence in the surgical procedure:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6udaoTZp5Q

Enjoy.
And, good luck.  Smile

Hi,

Thank you for your help. I will be taking a picture of the tree/ plant tomorrow. It does look like the Fragrant Olive. And it grows very fast and it grows around anything in it's way. (it started to strangle our roses Shocked ).
Thank you for sending me those links to the videos, they are really helpfull, first video I saw that actually explains it well.
First I thought it was part of the Ivy that is growing near it, but the Ivy doesn't lose their leaves and grows differently. This tree grabs hold of everything and grows around it.

Thanks again Smile

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