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CESTRUM 'Orange Peel'

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James Burghardt

Family

Solanaceae

Botanical Name

CESTRUM 'Orange Peel'

Plant Common Name

Jessamine, Orange Peel Jessamine

General Description

Attracting hummingbirds and butterflies to its clusters of golden flowers, ‘Orange Peel’ jessamine brings floral splendor to the garden nearly year round. A hybrid, vigorously growing evergreen shrub, it was developed by crossing day-flowering jessamine (Cestrum diurnum) with the night-jessamine (C. nocturnum). The leaves are glossy green and lance-shaped, darkening as they age or receive full sunlight. Flowering most heavily in spring, it flowers less heavy the rest of the year if temperatures are above freezing and sunlight is ample. The flowers appear on the stem tips and along the branches. They are small, narrow, orange tubes with five or six rounded, yellow triangular petals. They attract attract hummingbirds and butterflies, both aiding pollination. The blossoms are fragrant from sundown to daybreak,

Grow ‘Orange Peel' in full to partial sun in fertile, well-drained soil. In excessive drought or cool temperatures the plant can lose its leaves, and often flowers extravagantly once water or warmth returns. In regions with cool, frosty but mild winters this shrub will die to the ground and grow as a summer-to-frost flowering perennial. 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 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

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

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m

  • Width

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Orange, Gold

  • Fruit Color

    Purple, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    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

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes