• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Upright branched form to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Ornamental Berries
    Spring through fall
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:SES-trum fas-i-ku-LAY-tum
    Plant type:Shrub
    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
    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 & Lore
    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.
    Cestrum, like other nightshades emits a nocturnal fragrance to draw moth pollinators to the flowers.