Cestrum fasciculatum var. 'Newellii'Item #2326 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
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Use as a colorful hedge, specimen, or container plant in warm climates. Set out as summer annual in colder areas. Crimson flowers at the branch tips are followed by red-purple berries. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:SES-trum fas-i-ku-LAY-tumPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:13, 17, 19 - 24Growth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Upright branched form to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Spring through fallFlower color:RedGarden 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 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').
- CareCare InformationFollow 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: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:Cestrum, like other nightshades emits a nocturnal fragrance to draw moth pollinators to the flowers.