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CESTRUM nocturnum

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Grandiflora

Family

Solanaceae

Botanical Name

CESTRUM nocturnum

Plant Common Name

Night Jessamine, Night-blooming Jasmine

General Description

When the moon shines a heavenly fragrance announces night-blooming jasmine.

A member of the nightshade family, night-blooming jasmine is native to the tropical Americas and West Indies. It is a large, sprawling evergreen shrub with simple, waxy, oval-shaped leaves. Clusters of small, tubular,green-white to cream-colored flowers appear from spring to fall and are followed by berries that are most commonly white. Plants are most floriferous when weather is moist and warm.

Night-blooming jasmine prefers sunny sites with average well-drained soil and is salt and drought tolerant. It is sensitive to frost, though plants can be container-grown in colder climates and moved indoors to overwinter. The fragrance of its flowers is very strong, so use the plant sparingly in the back of borders where the lovely green foliage creates a backdrop for more colorful species. This is a good choice for large containers on the patio or poolside. In some parts of the world this species is considered weedy.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 12

  • Sunset Zone

    13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    4'-12' / 1.2m - 3.7m (6)

  • Width

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m (6)

  • Bloom Time

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

  • Native To

    Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Green

  • Fruit Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • 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

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes