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Cestrum aurantiacum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cestrum (SES-trum) (Info)
Species: aurantiacum (aw-ran-ti-AYE-kum) (Info)

Synonym:Cestrum chaculanum
Synonym:Cestrum paucinervium

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

19 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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8 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ocean_girl On Apr 26, 2012, ocean_girl from Orlovista, FL wrote:

I planted this last Spring, right away I noticed holes in the leaves, after much research and inspecting the plant I found out small green caterpillars are munching it. I chose to go non-toxic to save the plant and used garlic oil on it. Crush up 2 cloves of garlic and soak them in approx. 1 cup of vegetable oil for 1 week, add 2 tablespoons of this oil to a spray bottle then fill with water and a little dish soap, spray on the leaves about once a week or after rainfall. the caterpillars hate the taste of the garlic. Hope this helps you pjfrench, this plant is worth saving.

Positive Sandwichkatexan On Apr 13, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

Have this under a large natchez crepe myrtle . the hummingbirds like it but not as much as the red one that I have in full sun . this year it lost all its leaves and began growing from the tips and now is supertall. I must trim it so it will become bushy again .

Positive pjfrench On Nov 15, 2011, pjfrench from Orlando, FL wrote:

Help , My beautiful Orange Jessamine Cestrum aurantiacum seems to be dying.
It has lost most of its leaves. It has been growing for 3 years, been through the light frost last year with no problem. It is in light shade of Cypress trees. We had a lot of rain last month, but nothing else has suffered. Does anyone have any ideas. No bugs visible.

Positive willownut On May 2, 2011, willownut from Ooltewah, TN wrote:

I bought this plant at Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh, NC. I was very excited when it started to bloom. It is a beautiful shrub and really does have flowers all summer. I did not do any thing to it that winter and was very disappointed when it did not come back the following spring. Being a little stubborn, or so I've been told, I purchased another last summer. This winter I cut it back and mulched heavily. This spring I have multiple shoots coming up.
I have a nursery located in Ooltewah,TN, zone 7. I propagate most of my stock. Orange Cestrum is fairly easy to propagate and I intend on propagating more this summer for resale.

Positive JaxFlaGardener On Jul 2, 2010, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This Cestrum species is a great deal more hardy than other Cestrum I have grown. 2009 was our worst winter in decades here in north Florida. My Cestrum aurantiacum came through 20s F temperatures sustained for about a two week period. It barely showed any freeze damage, just some slight die-back at the stem tips. It blooms here from early spring up until the first freeze, and does retain its leaves in winter.

The thing you need to consider if starting from a rooted cutting is the eventual large size of the full grown shrub. My C. aurantiacum started from about 24 inches a few years ago and has grown steadily to now become an 8 ft x 8 ft shrub. I would not have planted it where I did if I had known it was eventually going to get so huge, but it does provide a nearly constant cheery yellow welcome near the front stoop of my house.

Edited to add 02/18/2011: Last fall, I divided up my one large shrub of C. aurantiacum, taking numerous suckers from around the immediate area of the original plant. I transplanted these, mostly bare root, to another area of my yard and potted up a few to have to share. I am now seeing new growth on all the transplants and potted suckers! This definitely adds another very positive note to a plant that I consider greatly underutilized for Florida landscapes.


Positive madrid2000 On Mar 16, 2010, madrid2000 from Humble, TX wrote:

I LOVE this plant. It bloomed its head off during the drought we had this summer, and is one of the first plants to put out leaves after the cold winter we had.

Neutral Lily_love On Dec 6, 2008, Lily_love from Central, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

I'm currently overwinter this lovely plant indoor, this afforded the plant to continue develope its seeds after the growing season outdoor. These seeds will be sewn this coming spring, should they be viable, I'll update info. here at a later time.

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

My gardener brought me three of these plants for a fence screening here in Nor. Ca. A former Victorian era favorite, they have been unavailable from wholesalers for decades. East Bay Nursery propagated a number of cuttings from a 50-yr-old shrub growing in an old-timer's garden and it is finally available again. A rangy plant, it needs staking and pruning to look its best. Here on the West Coast it is evergreen, vigorous and hardy, and blooms continuously. You are supposed to prune it after it stops flowering. However, I have both the red and orange cestrums--both types in bloom within 6 wks after being planted from 1-gall containers, and they are now in their fourth month of bloom with no end in sight. Flower best with regular water, mulching, nicely self-cleaning (you don't need to deadhead). Need very little care, no pest problems, ultimate height said to be 15'T x 8'W.

Positive Terry On Aug 31, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Easy to grow (especially when you're given rooted cuttings!) The hummingbirds have really enjoyed these plants this summer; I hope we have a mild enough winter that they come back next year.


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

Fairfield, California
San Francisco, California
San Leandro, California
Bartow, Florida
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Mc Intosh, Florida
Orlando, Florida (2 reports)
Palm Harbor, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Alpharetta, Georgia
Lagrange, Georgia
Belleville, Illinois
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Bossier City, Louisiana
Lafayette, Louisiana
Lake Charles, Louisiana
West Monroe, Louisiana
Somerville, Massachusetts
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Okatie, South Carolina
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Ooltewah, Tennessee
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Bay City, Texas
Bedias, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Haltom City, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Humble, Texas
Jacksonville, Texas
Liberty, Texas
Mansfield, Texas
Port Lavaca, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spring, Texas
Tyler, Texas
Whitney, Texas
Willis, Texas
Norfolk, Virginia

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