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Products > Plants - Browse By Region > Cestrum aurantiacum
 
Cestrum aurantiacum - Orange Cestrum

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Solanaceae (Potatoes, tomatoes, peppers)
Origin: Guatemala (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Cestrum aurantiacum (Orange Cestrum) - This is a tall evergreen shrub that can be used as a vine and works well espaliered. The brillant orange tubular flowers give way to white berries after late spring and summer bloom. Will take part to full sun and has moderate water needs. It can grow to about 8' tall. It is hardy to at least the mid 20s F. This large shrub Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. This native to Central America has been in cultivation since 1844 when it was introduced by Englishman G.U. Skinner, who sent seeds collected in Chimalapa Guatamala to the London Horticultural Society. The name of the genus comes from the Greek word 'kestroom; which was the name of a shrub that resembled a Jasmine. The specific epithet is Latin for the color orange.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Cestrum aurantiacum.