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Cestrum elegans

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to October
  • Height1.5m to 3m
  • Spread1.5m to 2.5m
  • Growth HabitUpright vase
  • Flower ColourRed, purple, pink
  • Leaf ColourMedium green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Cestrum elegans. A vase shaped, vigorous evergreen shrub native to Mexico. Dark green leaves are soft and velvety and smell quite unpleasant when crushed. Lightly perfumed, pendent flowers are in shades of red, purple and pink; these are born in mid summer and are followed by drooping clusters of deep red-purple fruit.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Mexico

Interest and use

Grown for their showy flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Cultivation

Support is needed for scrambling species.

Propagation

By softwood cuttings the frost hardy species in summer, tender species by seed in spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

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