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Cestrum elegans

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cestrum (SES-trum) (Info)
Species: elegans (ELL-eh-ganz) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral flyingfishie On Jan 30, 2014, flyingfishie wrote:

I live in South Africa, in the KwaZulu Midlands. This plant has invaded my property and taken over at least 4000m2 of the 9000m2.
I would suggest container planting only especially in areas that they flourish.
It takes continued maintenance to pull out and cut down and they keep coming up every where - plant with discretion.
Beautiful evergreen and stunning show when flowering but invasive in ideal environment and left unchecked.

Positive jkom51 On Oct 21, 2002, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Red Cestrum, unlike the Orange flowering type, is readily available. On the US West Coast it is evergreen, somewhat rangy and almost ever-blooming. Fairly drought tolerant but flowers better with some summer water. Grows fast and the arching branches will overshadow other plants nearby if you don't stake/prune. Tough and vigorous (mine flowered within 6 wks of being planted from a 1 gallon can), hardly noticed being transplanted after doubling in size, unlike many plants I could name! Very self-cleaning, no pest problems so far, a very good perennial that deserves more notice.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Granada Hills, California
Martinez, California
Redondo Beach, California
San Francisco, California (2 reports)
Santa Barbara, California
Stockton, California
Vista, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Navarre, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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