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CESTRUM parqui

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Grandiflora

Family

Solanaceae

Botanical Name

CESTRUM parqui

Plant Common Name

Chilean Jessamine, Willow Night-Jessamine

General Description

At the tips of slender stems lined with narrow, willow-like leaves, Chilean jessamine blooms with clusters of muted-yellow, night-fragrant flowers in summer and autumn. A small, upright, deciduous shrub native to Chile, it dies to the ground after a frost, but grows as a perennial in cooler regions. The leaves are bright green when young, becoming mid to dark-green, and are long and narrowly linear or lance-shaped. From summer to autumn, the branch tips and nearby side stems show off clusters of the bright tubular, five-petalled flowers. Fragrant at night, they are visited by moths, and in the day by butterflies. Pollinated flowers become small, violet-brown berries.

Plant Chilean jessamine in full sun (partial sun in hot-summer climates) in a fertile, well-drained loam. While in active growth, it needs plenty of water but prefers to be drier during the cooler winter months. It should be pruned back to the base of its main stems in early spring to allow for fresh, tidier growth and better flowering in the summer. Use it as an accent shrub in the mixed border or foundation bed, perhaps close to the front entrance or patio where evening visitors will enjoy the sweet floral aroma

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m

  • Width

    5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

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

  • Native To

    Chile

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Fruit Color

    Violet, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Sandy Brown

  • 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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes