Nyctanthes Species, Coral Jasmine, Night-Flowering Jasmine, Tree of Sadness, Tree-of-Sorrow

Nyctanthes arbor-tristis

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




Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Brandon, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Orange Park, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Schererville, Indiana

Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes

Herndon, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 24, 2021, ichoudhury from Lilburn, GA wrote:

Coral Jasmine (Nyctanthes arbor-tristis) aka Shiuli or Shefali (Bengali)aka Parijat or Harsinger (Hindi) Xewali (Asamese) Raat-ki-Rani (Night Blooming Jasmine) and other is one of the most beautiful fragrant flower that I remember seeing as a kid (growing up in Bangladesh). But I mostly recall seeing poor kids trying to raise some money for their family selling these Shiuli Fuler Mala (Necklace made out of Shiuli flower) to wealthy people (especially the Love Birds) :D ... I have had a special connection with these flower due to nostalgia from my childhood. I always wanted to grow those but I live in an area not so friendly to these plants (Stone Mountain, GA Zone 7B). I didn't have any success with my previous attempts to germinating seeds, so when I saw a seller in Etsy selling live ... read more


On Jul 20, 2018, Vvelagapudi from Herndon, VA wrote:

Hello, what should be the planter size for this plant?


On Oct 16, 2016, Xtal from Temple, TX wrote:

Can anyone tell me if this tree will come back from it's roots if frozen? I live in Zone 8b and are just realizing that it might be worthwhile to grow some plants that might be questionable knowing that there's a possibility that I might lose it. But, if there's a possibility that it will come back, then I'm willing to take that risk. Thanks for any feedback you can offer.



On Oct 29, 2015, smileclick from Sydney,
Australia wrote:

I purchased some of the coin sized seed from eBay. I soaked two of them in water for 24 hours (in a small heated propagator which heats to approx 32C/90F), then gently pressed them fat side down onto some moist coconut fibre (coir) that I put in a small cup, and sealed them in a zip lock bag. I placed the sealed cup back in the propagator and a week later, one has already sprouted (see photo). I've moved that one out to its own pot.
Note that both viable and unviable seeds float. So maybe naturally, rivers, streams, even floods may be used to carry the seed away from the parent shrub to a new location. That would explain why they float, and the root grows down from the fat (heavier side) of the flat seed (see photo).

It's now 10 days since my post above. I put the ... read more


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.


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.