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PlantFiles: Night-flowering Jasmine, Tree-of-Sorrow, Tree of Sadness
Nyctanthes arbor-tristis

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nyctanthes
Species: arbor-tristis

15 members have or want this plant for trade.


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive eliasastro On Dec 29, 2011, eliasastro from Athens
Greece (Zone 10a) wrote:

An impressive and easy to grow tropical bush, flowers at a quite small size.

Positive angel_tree_baby On Feb 13, 2009, angel_tree_baby from Chickenville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This tree is also known as the tree of sorrow. It has rough sandpaper like leaves and flowers for me the most in the fall winter and a little less in the early spring. The flowers open at night and drop in the morning when the sun hits them. There is a beautiful legend that tells why the flowers drop in the morning sun. They have a honey-jasmine scent similar to cestrum nocturnum but not quite as strong. I grow it in a pot with well drained soil. I water it when it is dry and fertilize once a month. Mine has not made seeds yet. I haven't had much success with rooting cuttings but am still trying lol.


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

Brandon, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Orange Park, Florida
Vero Beach, Florida
Schererville, Indiana

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