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CESTRUM 'Newellii'

Image of Cestrum 'Newellii'

Grandiflora

Family

Solanaceae

Botanical Name

CESTRUM 'Newellii'

Plant Common Name

Jessamine, Newell's Red Jessamine

General Description

Thought to be a hybrid between Cestrum fasciculatum and Cestrum elegans, this large tender evergreen shrub bears spectacular clusters of dazzling red blooms all along its arching branches. The tubular flowers continue in abundance throughout most of summer and fall, attracting hummingbirds. Flowering may continue through winter in mild climates. Red-purple berries follow the flowers. The downy, narrowly oval leaves are medium to dark green.

Plant this showy shrub in any well-drained soil, keeping it well watered until established. It likes ample sun but needs some shade in hot climates. It will tolerate a few degrees of frost, growing back quickly if damaged. Tip-prune for compactness; remove older stems in winter to make room for vigorous new growth. Use it in mixed borders, hummingbird gardens, and large containers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    13, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Crimson

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Hedges, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No