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PlantFiles: White Chilean Jasmine
Mandevilla sanderi 'Alba'

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mandevilla (man-de-VILL-uh) (Info)
Species: sanderi (SAN-der-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Alba

Synonym:Mandevilla sanderei

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive stinkbug On Dec 15, 2005, stinkbug from Alpharetta, GA wrote:

I bought two tree form chilean jasmines last spring. Both bloomed profusely over the summer, but one has started to turn brown. I don't know if this is normal winter behavior, or if it doesn't feel well. (I'm in Atlanta.) Anyone know?

Positive vsf On Jul 7, 2005, vsf from Oakland, CA wrote:

Fragrance is elusive and exquisite, particularly at night.

It blooms only on new wood, so I cut it back to about one foot every winter. When it blooms, it starts close to the ground, and then the blooms go up and up the vine.

I am successfully growing this in a 20" (diameter) pot.

Positive seedlng On Jun 29, 2005, seedlng from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

Zone 10
Southeast Florida, Cypress Creek

Growing 20 Ft long so far along top of a chain-link fence
needs water to get plant started once planted, likes moderate during dry months ( Oct - April ).

During the wet rainy months ( April - Oct ) watering not nescessary

I have other mandevillas, but does not get the moderate watering and it is slower in growth. but is coming along just the same,, full sun.

Here is a tip: garden centers sell this plant in a plastc pot , where the vine is so twisted it is less trouble to just plant that whole twist from that one plastic pot in the ground as 1-plant.
but i like to separate plants to get more for my money.
i know i know.. but anyways---- i take the time and un twist
and get at least 3 sometimes 4 plants out of one plant.

sure it takes longer to fill out, but it will it will fill out and thats when i know i get my moneys worth. fyi just take your time untwisting..

Positive sowhat On Apr 23, 2004, sowhat wrote:

I have several of these plants growing in galveston and they are truly the envy of my neighborhood. They bloom from late april through november and haved gotten as tall as seventeen feet. The only downfall is that they do die back in the winter. My favorite plant.

Neutral broozersnooze On Nov 2, 2003, broozersnooze from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Beautiful picture!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Oakland, California
Boca Raton, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Summerland Key, Florida
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Columbia, South Carolina
Arlington, Tennessee
Baytown, Texas
Houston, Texas
League City, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Spring, Texas

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