Night Blooming Jessamine
Night Blooming Jessamine
Cestrum nocturnumItem #2360 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
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An intoxicating tropical shrub with glossy green foliage and clusters of small greenish white flowers that are not particularly showy, but have a superbly sweet fragrance on warm summer evenings. Works well as a screen or divider. Place near outdoor living spaces where the fragrance can best be enjoyed. A frost-tender evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing, dense shrub; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:SES-trum nok-TER-numPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:13, 16 - 24Growth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing, dense shrub; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:GreenFlower attributesFragrantGarden styleTropicalDesign IdeasThis fine tropical shrub is a special night garden plant for 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 fragrance blossoms close up. Adapts well to containers on porch, patio and terrace. Small white ornamental berries will attract birds to the garden.Companion PlantsLantana (Lantana); Mandevilla (Mandevilla); Salvia (Salvia); New Zealand Flax (Phormium); Hibiscus (Hibiscus)
- CareCare InformationPrefers light, sandy, well-drained soils with room for roots to spread. Shelter from harsh sun exposures in hot summer regions. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish extensive root system. Fertilize in early spring. Prune annually after bloom period. Protect from frost; may be overwintered indoors in colder zones.Pruning time: summer after flowering.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- 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 famous as a heavy fragrance night bloomer with unusual green flowers native to the West Indies.Lore:Night blooming tropical plants often lack color because it is useless when there is no sun. Fragrance is what draws pollinators, often moths, bats or other night flying nectar feeders.