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Cestrum nocturnum/Night Blooming Jessamine

Cestrum nocturnum / Cestrum nocturnum
Close-up of fruit in autumn
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Close-up of fruit in autumn

Great fragrance when a plant is in this stage of flowering

Close-up of berries

White flowers during the summer

Young berries

Mature specimen with arching branches in full bloom

Close-up of slender, funnel-shaped flowers

Close-up of fall berries

Cluster of berries and foliage

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Scientific Name: Cestrum nocturnum
Common Name: Night Blooming Jessamine
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: White
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants That Attract Butterflies
Plants with Fragrance
Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: Has several outstanding qualities: strong, sweet-scented flowers; beautiful white berries and attracts butterflies. Can come back from roots when killed back by freezing temperatures. Can become somewhat invasive because it is a prolific self-seeder. Very easy to grow. Cut back canes after first hard frost. A heavy mulch over the stump will help bring plants through moderate freezes. Fragrance is especially strong at night during the period of heavy flowering.