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Cestrum nocturnum (Night-Blooming Jasmine)

Night-Blooming Jessamine, Night-Blooming Jasmine, Night-Blooming Cestrum, Raatrani, Queen of the Night, Night Jessamine, Lady of the Night


Prized for its heady fragrance, Cestrum nocturnum (Night-Blooming Jasmine) is a bushy evergreen shrub adorned with gracefully arching branches lined with glossy, pointed, dark green leaves. In summer, a profusion of slender, tubular, creamy-white flowers, 1 in. long (2.5 cm), open in the evening and close the following morning. They release a sweet, musky and intoxicating perfume, inviting to romance, and are followed by clusters of small white berries. Plant Night-Blooming Jasmine near a driveway, window or entrance, where its delightful fragrance can be enjoyed. Ideal choice for screening, it can easily be trained to grow up a trellis or pruned into a lovely fragrant hedge.

  • Grows moderately fast up to 8-10 ft. tall (240-300 cm) and 4-6 ft. wide (120-180 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun to part shade, in organic, fertile, well-drained soils. Water regularly until established. This plant is sensitive to temperature extremes, so provide a sheltered location and protect it from harsh sun in hot summer areas. Feed in early spring.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Keep an eye out for whiteflies.
  • Prune annually, before or after blooming is finished between spring and fall.
  • Propagate by cuttings in late summer.
  • The entire plant and especially the berries are poisonous to humans and other mammals, but birds do eat the fruit. Remove the berries as soon as they appear.
  • Native to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Climate Zones 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer
Height 8' – 10' (240cm – 3m)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 48" – 72" (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Climate Zones 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer
Height 8' – 10' (240cm – 3m)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 48" – 72" (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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