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Cestrum 'Orange Peel'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cestrum (SES-trum) (Info)
Cultivar: Orange Peel

Synonym:Cistus x argenteus
Synonym:Cestrum aurantiacum

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
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:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive marob On Feb 23, 2015, marob from melbourne
Australia wrote:

I love this plant and now that mine has died after 24 years, I am really feeling its loss. In Melbourne, Australia where we have hot summers and relatively cool, often wet, winters it grows easily and doesn't require any special attention, apart from the occasional prune when it gets leggy or after flowering. Here it becomes a small tree approx. 3-4 metres (9-14 feet) high and approx. 1 metre (3-3.5 feet) wide. The fragrance is superb and very strong. At night, it perfumes (perfumed!) the entire front garden and could be enjoyed many metres away in the neighbourhood. I bought it initially because the smell was so delicious in a friend's small garden attached to her flat and I have never met someone who didn't love the scent. The flowers aren't anything special- creamy yellow green held in tubular clusters but the fragrance is what you grow it for. It flowers here 2 or 3 times a year. The branches will last perhaps 2 days when bought indoors and the flowers do drop as they age, making it a little untidy as a cut flower. Something- probably possums- has been attacking my tree for some time now leading to branches dying and the trunk being virtually ring barked. Given that all parts are supposed to be poisonous, I thought this was rather surprising. Before it finally expired, it threw 2 small plants a metre or so away from the parent. I am nurturing these carefully in the hope that they will flourish and replace the parent tree. I had no luck trying to grow it from cuttings as some writers have suggested but have high hopes for the newbies.

Positive Pistil On Aug 2, 2014, Pistil from Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Gorgeous soft orange flowers, from May to October here just north of Seattle (zone 8), where I have it in a pot. This winter I mistakenly left it outside on a night it got to 10 degrees, before putting it in the garage for the rest of the cold spell. There was some dieback but it grew back fine. Only a faint scent. No pest problems at all. Lovely next to a blue Ceanothus.

Positive in2art On Oct 6, 2013, in2art from Bellevue, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Introduced by Southern Perennials and Herbs, a cross of Cestrum diurnum x Cestrum nocturnum. Pale orange blooms tipped with yellow appear in clusters throughout the summer. Evening fragrance, attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant. Frost will kill to ground, but returns in spring. Fast-growing. Enjoys heat,would appreciate being planted near a wall. In warmer climates, may behave as a deciduous shrub (6-8' x 6-8'), cooler as a herbaceous perennial (3-5' x 3-5'). Rounded habit.


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

Ashford, Alabama
Chico, California
Fairfield, California
Lomita, California
San Lorenzo, California
Stanton, California
Key Largo, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Raiford, Florida
Tarpon Springs, Florida
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Honolulu, Hawaii
Hebron, Kentucky
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Copperas Cove, Texas
Garland, Texas
Houston, Texas
Mont Belvieu, Texas
New Caney, Texas
Spring, Texas

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