Q.Can well-established confederate jasmine (white) be cut back to stem lengths of, say, 3 feet to essentially “restart” the plant?
While we were away on vaca, an adjacent neighbor who knew nothing about confederate jasmine hired a landscape company to cut back what he thought was just a hedge. It was growing thick, entirely covering a 100 ft backyard 6-ft privacy fence with 2-ft of lattice above the fence. About 50% of the vine leaves have died, and several of the lattice and fence panels need replacing anyway, so I must fix the fence and lattice. We LOVE this jasmine and it creates significant privacy between this neighbor and us. So must I start over with new jasmine plants after fixing the fence/lattice, or can I cut the jasmine plants back to, say, 3 feet tall (leaving pencil-to-pinky-finger-diameter branches) and expect them to regenerate leaves and flowers, like azaleas would?
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They should be fine. Here are a couple articles that will help: