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Products > Pandorea jasminoides 'Alba'
 
Pandorea jasminoides 'Alba' - White Bower Vine
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Bignoniaceae (Bignonias)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
Pandorea jasminoides 'Alba' (White Bower Vine) - An evergreen vine that can reach heights of 20-30 feet tall if given support with compound leaves bipinnately split into 5-7 shiny oval leaflets. Funnel-shaped pure white flowers bloom in summer through fall.

Plant in full sun or partial shade and water regularly to occasionally. We originally listed this plant as hardy to 20° F but have had reports of the pink form thriving in USDA Zone 8a as a perennial restrooting from the roots after nightime lows in the mid teens and it is likely that this white form is equally root hardy. A very nice decorative plant that climbs with support and blooms much of the year and can be neatly kept on a small trellis or fence. It grows very well in shade but flowers best when in full sun. It can be kept trimmed and resprouts from heavy wood if cut hard.

Pandorea jasminoides is from southeastern Queensland and along the north coast of New South Wales in Australia where it grows in the understory and climbs up into tall trees. The name for the genus is from Pandora of Greek mythology, who was the first mortal woman sent to earth by the gods - the name is derived from the Greek words 'Pan' meaning "all" and 'doran' meaning 'gift'. The French botanist Edouard Spach first used the name to describe the genus in 1840 reportedly because the fruit, a capsule with numerous brown winged seeds, somehow reminded him of Pandora’s Box. The specific epithet means like a jasmine. Other common names include Bower Climber and Bower of Beauty.

We have grown both this plant and the pink flowering form Pandorea jasminoides since 1982. We also grow the yellow and red flowering Pandorea pandorana 'Golden Showers' and the smaller Pandorea doratoxylon

This information about Pandorea jasminoides 'Alba' displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.

 
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