Genus: Cestrum


Jimmy Turner
Close to 200 species of shrubs and small trees from tropical America make up the  Cestrum genus. Their tubular or funnel-shaped flowers are often fragrant (and sometimes night-scented). The flowers are followed by white, purple, or red berries.
Noteworthy characteristics:  All parts, including the berries, are poisonous.
Care:  Provide full sun or partial shade and fertile, well-drained soil.

Root cuttings in summer. Start seeds of hardy species in a cold frame in fall, and seeds of tender species indoors in spring at 55-64°F.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Cestrum

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
'Orange Peel' cestrum
Cestrum 'Orange Peel'

Watch for scale insects. Magnesium deficiency, rust, powdery mildew, fungal leaf spots, and dieback can also be problems.