• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering 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.
    Key Feature:
    Intoxicating Fragrance
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:SES-trum nok-TER-num
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:13, 16 - 24
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing, dense shrub; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Green
    Flower attributesFragrant
    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. Small white ornamental berries will attract birds to the garden.
    Companion PlantsLantana (Lantana); Mandevilla (Mandevilla); Salvia (Salvia); New Zealand Flax (Phormium); Hibiscus (Hibiscus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers 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:
    <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
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • 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.