What does it look like?
Jasmine is an evergreen, scrambling climber that forms large, dense mats over trees and other structures. Leaves are opposite, usually with seven long-stalked, spear- or egg-shaped leaflets. Flowers are white and very fragrant, forming large branching clusters. It prefers shrubland and forest margins, forest clearnings, riparian zones, roadsides, abandoned houses, gardens and waste places.
Why is it a problem?
The rapid growth and long-lived nature of Jasmine means that it competes with slower growing native species, preventing regeneration of seedlings and juveniles. It is shade tolerant and survives in a range of soil types, including moderately saline concentrations and poor drainage areas; it does not, however, tolerate heavy frosts.
The fruit of Jasmine are small enough to be distributed by a range of birds, although it does not often produce seed. It usually spreads and creates new patches from underground runnners.
- Hand-pull small plants any time of the year, ensuring all stem and root fragments are dug out. Dry out thoroughly and burn or compost or dispose of at a refuse transfer station. Tops of the vines can be left in the trees to rot on site.
- Cut off foliage in trees. Leave to sprout and spray regrowth with 5g metsulfuron-methyl (600g/kg e.g. Escort®) + 10mls penetrant per 10 litres water, or 120mls Banvine® + 10mls penetrant per 10 litres water.