Cestrum

Cestrum is native to Mexico, and makes for a wonderful indoor and outdoor shrub.

Core Cestrum facts

NameCestrum
FamilySolenaceae (nightshade family)
Type – shrub

Height – 3 to 10 feet (1 to 3 m)
Exposure – full sun, part sun
Soil – ordinary

Foliage – deciduous or evergreen, depending on the climate
Flowering – May to September.

Planting Cestrum

We recommend planting in spring.

Grow it in the ground if the climate is relatively warm. If not, plant in garden boxes with soil mix to bring them indoors in winter.

Propagation is through cuttings in spring on semi-hardened sprigs.

For Cestrum from seed, favor sowing in trays in spring.

Pruning cestrum

It doesn’t need any pruning.

Learn more about Cestrum

Cestrum uplifts us with a beautiful inflorescence, panicles shaped like umbels. It stands apart from other plants thanks to its very agreeable fragrance.

It is an excellent plant to grow in a veranda, because it needs heat in summer and a certain amount of coolness in winter, and lots of light.

Careful, toxic!

Cestrum berries are toxic, as are all other plant parts. Handle with care and teach your children and pets not to eat it.

Smart tip about cestrum

During the blooming phase, add liquid organic fertilizer every two weeks.


Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Pink cestrum by Matti & Megan under © CC BY-NC-ND 2.0