A fast growing evergreen tree or shrub characterised with a low branching structure and a narrow crown. The Wild jasmine is a common tree of Eastern and southern Africa (eastern DR Congo, Uganda and Ethiopia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa). This tree can reach a mature height of 5m and spread of 4m when grown in the garden but in the wild, it can grow up to 15m if growing conditions are favourable.
Schrebera alata is well known for its sweet-smelling flowers that attract bees and insects to the garden. These waxy pink or white blooms are produced in clusters from October to February. After flowering, the fruit appears in the form of a flattened and ridged pear-shaped capsule. The leaves of the Wild jasmine tree are smooth, dark dull green and arranged in an opposite manner. They are also pinnately compound with few leaflet pairs and a single terminal one. When not in flower, the tree’s leaves can easily be mistaken for those of Loxostylis alata.
The Wild jasmine grows equally well in full sun or semi-shade conditions. It is a hardy specimen that is water wise and it can tolerate mild frost conditions. However, the trees should be protected from frost when young. This stunning tree can also be planted in clusters to form a forest effect.