Cestrum Species, Orange Cestrum, Yellow Shrub Jessamine

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



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Fairfield, California

Placentia, 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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 26, 2012, ocean_girl from Gotha, FL (Zone 9b) 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.


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 .


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.


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.


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 con... read more


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.


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.


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 deadh... read more


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.