Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Upright branched form to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Ornamental Berries
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Spring through fall
Landscape Uses:
Landscape Uses
Botanical Pronunciation:SES-trum fas-i-ku-LAY-tum
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Sunset climate zones:13, 17, 19 - 24
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Upright branched form to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Spring through fall
Flower color:Red
Garden styleTropical
Design IdeasThis fine tropical shrub is a bold color source in hot zone gardens. Makes a fine evergreen natural hedge that works well as a visual screen or background. Plant as a single, specimen to enjoy its rich red blossoms close up. Adapts well to containers on porch, patio and terrace.
Companion PlantsCestrum is ideal for combining with other heat lovers such as Navajo Dark Purple Autumn Sage, (Salvia greggii 'Navajo Dark Purple'), Rainbow Chief New Zealand Flax, (Phormium 'Rainbow Chief'), Strawberry Lemonade Mandevilla, (Mandevilla sanderi 'Monproud') and Lemon Swirl Bush Lantana, (Lantana camara 'Variegaata').
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: fall after flowering.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
The genus Cestrum is classified in the nightshade family. It is comprised of about two hundred species from tropical parts of Central and South America. This species is native to Mexico and was introduced in 1840. The cultivar 'Newellii' was named by L. H. Bailey.
Lore:
Cestrum, like other nightshades emits a nocturnal fragrance to draw moth pollinators to the flowers.