CESTRUM

FAMILY: Solanaceae

TYPE
  • Evergreen
  • Shrubs
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Poisonous/Toxic

Plant Details

These brightly flowered shrubs grow fast in warm, sheltered spots, with an arching, lax growth habit that benefits from consistent pinching and nipping back. May be cut back severely after flowering or fruiting. Clusters of tubular, inch-long flowers are attractive to hummingbirds; the showy fruit that follows can also attract birds. Add organic soil amendments before planting. Feed generously.

orange cestrum

cestrum aurantiacum

  • CS, TS; USDA 9-11.
  • Native to Guatemala.
  • Rare and handsome.
  • To 8 feet tall and wide.
  • Brilliant show of clustered orange-yellow flowers in late spring and summer, followed by white berries.
  • Deep green, oval, 4 inches leaves.
  • Good for espalier.
  • May spread by suckers.

red cestrum

cestrum elegans

  • Native to Mexico.
  • Shrub or semiclimber to 10 feet or more in height and spread, with arching branches and deep green, 4 inches leaves.
  • Plant produces masses of purplish red flowers in spring and summer; these are followed by red berries.
  • Good choice for espalier.
  • Cestrum e.
  • smithii has pink flowers.

night-blooming jasmine

cestrum fasciculatum

  • A native of Mexico.
  • Similar to Cestrum elegans but larger in all its parts.

cestrum 'Newellii

  • Zones CS, TS; USDA 9-11.
  • May be a hybrid of Cestrum fasciculatum and Cestrum elegans; resembles the former but has bright crimson flowers.
  • Some plants listed as Cestrum 'Newellii' may in fact be Cestrum fasciculatum.

cestrum nocturnum

  • Native to West Indies.
  • To 12 feet tall and wide, with 4- to 8 inches-long leaves and clusters of creamy white summer flowers followed by white berries.
  • Blossoms powerfully fragrant at nighttoo much so for some people.
  • Orange Peel, a hybrid with another West Indian species, has orange-yellow flowers tipped in yellow.
  • Full sun.

chilean cestrum, willow-leafed jessamine

cestrum parqui

  • Zones LS, CS, TS; USDA 8-11.
  • Native to Chile.
  • To 610 feet tall and wide, with many branches from base.
  • Densely clothed in willowlike, 3- to 6 inches-long leaves.
  • Greenish yellow summer flowers in clusters.
  • Dark, violet-brown berries.
  • Not as attractive as other species in form, flowers, or fruit, but its perfume is potent.
  • Leaves blacken in light frost.
  • Best used where winter appearance is unimportant.
  • In the Lower and Coastal South, protect roots with mulch; treat as perennial.

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