• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate-growing, dense shrub 8 to 10 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Fragrant Flowers
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:SES-trum nok-TER-num
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:13, 16 - 24
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate-growing, dense shrub 8 to 10 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Green
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleTropical
    Design 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.
    Companion PlantsLantana (Lantana); Mandevilla (Mandevilla); Salvia (Salvia); New Zealand Flax (Phormium); Hibiscus (Hibiscus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers light, well-drained soils, but adaptable. Provide regular deep waterings during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce watering frequency once established. Apply a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, prune annually after flowering.Pruning time: summer after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Best with 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 famous as a heavy fragrance night bloomer with unusual green flowers native to the West Indies.
    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.