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CESTRUM aurantiacum

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James H. Schutte

Family

Solanaceae

Botanical Name

CESTRUM aurantiacum

Plant Common Name

Orange Jessamine

General Description

Attracting hummingbirds and butterflies with its clusters of golden flowers, orange jessamine is showy and exciting in the landscape from spring to fall. An evergreen shrub native from Guatemala to Venezuela, it grows with upright branches that arch out and down. The leaves are glossy green and oval, darkening as they age or receive full sunlight. Flowering most heavily in spring, it continues flowering to late autumn as long as temperatures remain warm. The small flower customers appear on the stem tips and along the branches. The flowers are small, narrow tubes with five or six rounded, triangular, golden petals and they attract hummingbirds and butterflies, both serving as pollinators. Afterward, they give way to small white berries.

Grow orange jessamine in full to partial sun in a fertile, well-drained soil. In excessive drought or cool temperatures the plant can lose its leaves. In regions with frosty but mild winters this shrub will die to the ground and grow as a perennial. Occasional suckering sprouts arise from the roots. Use it in the mixed border or butterfly garden as a specimen shrub, or grow it as an espalier on a sunny, low wall.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Width

    5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Gold

  • Fruit Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No