Cestrum Species, China Berry, Chinese Inkberry, Day-Blooming Cestrum, Day Jasmine

Cestrum diurnum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cestrum (SES-trum) (Info)
Species: diurnum (dy-YUR-num) (Info)



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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)

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Bokeelia, Florida

Brandon, Florida

Homestead, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Youngsville, Louisiana

Lucedale, Mississippi

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 28, 2020, 999aardvark from Miami, FL wrote:

Birds and butterflies love this plant. However it is an invasive species of such concern that the sale and planting of it is prohibited anywhere in Miami-Dade County.


On May 3, 2009, nalin1 from New Delhi,
India (Zone 10a) wrote:

The plant likes a lot of sun and is fine with some shade and has a mild fragrance that all butterflies seem to love. While taking this photo a swarm of monarchs, some whites and blue butterflies were circling around these plants. Fascinating to watch but difficult to capture on camera!

A great plant for your butterfly or moonlight garden. It is known as 'din ka raja' in India--King of the Day, and complements the Queen of the Night (Cestrum Nocturnum--'raat ki rani'). Planted near each other, the energies of these two plants help each other to grow and bloom wonderfully well. New Delhi's climate seems to have changed over the past three years coming closer to zone 10b rather than 10a. All flowering plants including trees are flowering about 3 weeks to one month earlier tha... read more


On Oct 16, 2007, astcgirl from Chichester, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I bought this plant from Top Tropicals, their website doesn't say it's poisonous, I should've looked here first! I have little kids so really didn't want this plant around after I received it and read that infact it was poisonous, but I said I'd put it out of reach and keep and eye on it, if it was outstanding when it flowered and really did smell like chocolate I'd keep it. It flowered the other day and I must say, if I had no knowledge of it smelling like chocolate, I would not have guessed it, I guess it does very faintly if you close your eyes and really imagine it. I personally am a little disappointed and was hoping for more of a richer smell. It is very fussy with wanting water, I pretty much have to water it every day here in Florida 9b, it is in a small pot so maybe that contribut... read more


On Sep 29, 2006, mantis212 from Roslyn, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

After three years in a one gallon pot 18" tall mine bloomed. The scent is like fine chocolate cocoa, delicate but distinct. It has dozens of tiny white tube flowers and the smell has become one of my new favorites. It for sure, will not escape here in Long Island. It is too bad it is invasive, but for pot culture in a colder climate I would recommend this one. Most of all anyone looking for a chocolate smell try this plant! Mine has hated to be to dry, the leaves will droop and dry up pretty fast then drop. It has always recovered and looked better than before. Tough, maintainable, chocolate smelling numerous white flowers, what a plant!


On Aug 10, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant so I am unable to rate it other than give it a neutral rating. Other common names for this plant include willow jasmine, wild jasmine, hierba santa, white day-blooming cestrum and white chocolate jasmine. It is an evergreen shrub or small tree that has, having escaped cultivation, become widely distributed and naturalized in Florida, Texas and California and grows in Hawaii after being introduced from the West Indies. In Texas, its natural habitat is in the Edwards Plateau region. It is considered a serious threat to natural areas in south Florida and can form dense thickets. It is most commonly found in dry soils, but benefits from even moisture. Although it will take full sun, it grows best in part shade. It is supposed to be hardy to Zone 8.

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On Aug 31, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Some other names for this plant are: China inkberry, day cestrum and China berry. It is most commonly found in mMoist and wet forests and open areas. The fruit of this plant is a black berry and are spread by birds, thus propagating the plant.