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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

Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Grenoble,

Brandon, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Orange Park, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Schererville, Indiana

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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.