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Fragrant Night Blooming Jasmine Cestrum Plant

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4 inch Pots - Mature, well rooted starter size plant, growing and shipped in a 4 inch diameter plastic pot.  Plant will be a minimum of about 10 inches tall.  Unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping.

Despite the romantic and exotic reputation of the Night Blooming Jasmine Plant, someone unfamiliar with it, seeing it for the first time in the daylight, might wonder what the big deal is.  The flowers are just not very impressive to look at. 

In the daytime they present as profuse clusters of more than half closed, small tubular, trumpet shaped blooms in a soft, subtle, cool tones of green tinted shades of ivory and white.  The little flower are pretty in an elegant and understated kind of way. However, hang around in the vincinity of this plant until the sun has fully set in the evening, and just what it is that has made the Night Blooming Jasmine Plant so popular and special is quickly understood.  There is simply nothing quite like a soft,  warm, summer night's breeze redolent with the perfume of the Night Blooming Jasmine Plant. 

There are few other plants with the ability to add such an extra layer of enjoyment to being outdoors at night in the summer time, with so little care and effort as the Night Blooming Jasmine.  The intoxicating fragrance seems to carry with the abililty to forever imprint the memories of those evenings on the human psyche. Though commonly called a Jasmine, Night Blooming Jasmine not a Jasmine at all. 

The common name comes from the similar intense jasmine-like fragrance.  Night Bloooming Jasmine is a type of Cestrum and is also sometimes commonly called Queen of the Night, Raatraani (Marathi: रातराणी), Hasna Hena, Lady of the Night, (not be confused with Brunsfelsia americana, known also by this commone name)  Night-Blooming Jessamine. The plant was brought to the attention of the horticultural world in the late 1800's by Ragbhir Singh Ubhi, who was became enamored with sweet, intoxicating fragrance while visiting the West Indies.

The  growth habit of the Night Blooming Jamsine is vigoNrous, upright and self branching.  Left to it's own devices it will grow several feet in a single warm season and mature into a large, sprawling tree-like shrub in the 10 ft - to 12 ft height range with an equally large spread in a relatively short period of time.   Consideration should be given to the ability to prune frequently to maintain smaller size, or allow room for it to spread out in the alternative. 

Night Blooming Jasmine is a cyclical bloomer throughout the warm season.  The bloom cycle is unpredictable, some myths and legends connect the bloom cycle with phases of the moon, and/or as fortelling of romantic, life altering events.  There is likely, however, a more ordinary and mundane scientific environmental explanation for what triggers the bloom cycle.

 
Botantical Name

Cestrum notcturnum

Common Name

Night Blooming Jasmine

Plant Family:  Solanaceae
Mature Size:  10 ft x 10 ft
Bloom Color: Greenish white
Bloom Form: Small tubular trumpet shaped in large clusters
Bloom Time:  Cyclical several time yearly in warm season
Zone:  9,10,11 (Root hardy in Zone 8B once very well established)
Fragrance:  Intensely fragrant at night
Water Needs:  Moderate until well established
Light Needs: Full sun to light shae
Key Features:  Fragrant, showy, easy to grow
Suggested Uses:  Anchor, Specimen, Potte

 

For the best result plant it in the full sun in well draining soil. It will tolerate a wide range of soils and will grow most any where except the seashore. It is not salt tolerant, and will need freeze protection. It will tolerate some light shade, but blooms best in full sun. In Zone 8, it is generally killed to the ground in the winter and resprouts in the spring, so best to keep it potted until all danger of frost is past, and then set it out early in the season so it has several months to acclimate.

 

These can also be grown as potted plants. The make a great standard form small patio tree. It has lots of versatile uses in mixed borders, as a background planting, it can be hedged in row or grown as a small tree. It’s fragrance and nectar attracts butterflies.

For the best results with Night Blooming Jasmine:

  • Plant in well draining, fertile soil.  It will tolerate a wide range of soil types, but prefers rich, loamy soil.
  • Locate in full sun to lightly dappled shade
  • Prune lightly and often for shape, especially after flowering
  • Feed a good quality bloom boosting plant food slow release plant food in the early spring to encourage blooming.
  • Protect from frost and freeze until very well established.

Caution:  All parts of the Cestrum species are generally considered to be toxic


  • Model: CES-NOC-NB-04
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1lbs
  • 25 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Emerald Goddess Gardens





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