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Cestrum 'Orange Peel'

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 CharacteristicsAll parts, including the berries, are poisonous.

CareProvide full sun or partial shade and fertile, well-drained soil.

PropagationRoot 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.

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

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