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Cestrum parqui
  • RHS AGM

willow-leaved jessamine

C. parqui is a deciduous or semi-evergreen medium-sized shrub, with lanceolate leaves to 12cm in length. Flowers tubular, 2.5cm in length, yellow-green and fragrant at night. Fruit an ovoid brownish berry

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green Yellow Green
Autumn Green Yellow Green Brown
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Solanaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Cestrum can be shrub or scrambling climbers, with simple, evergreen leaves and tubular or salver-shaped flowers in terminal and axillary clusters, followed by red or black berries

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Chile

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How to grow

Cultivation

Under glass grow in loam-based potting compost in full light with good ventilation and shade from hot sun. Water freely in summer and keep just moist in winter. Can be grown outdoors in a sheltered site

Propagation

Propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame in spring or by softwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

Pruning group 6

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

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