Cestrum fasciculatum var. 'Newellii'Item #2326 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
A tropical flowering shrub that produces an abundance of showy clusters of tubular crimson flowers at the branch tips from spring through fall, sure to draw hummingbirds and butterflies into the garden. Blooms are followed by reddish purple ornamental berries. Use for a hedge, a bold specimen, or as a container plant in warm climates. Semi-evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:SES-trum fas-i-ku-LAY-tumPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreenSunset climate zones:13, 17, 19 - 24Growth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Upright branched form to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.Special features:Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Bird Friendly, Easy Care, Fast GrowingFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Spring through FallFlower color:RedFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleTropicalDesign 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 PlantsMandevilla (Mandevilla); New Zealand Flax (Phormium); Salvia (Salvia); Lantana (Lantana); Princess Flower (Tibouchina)
- CareCare InformationPrefers fertile, well-drained, loamy soil. Provide regular deep waterings during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce watering frequency once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: fall after flowering.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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:C. fasciculatam var. 'Newllii' blossoms do not produce the fragrance of other Cestrum species; however, the foliage will emit an odor when crushed. CAUTION: ALL PARTS ARE TOXIC IF INGESTED. Not fit for human or animal consumption.