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A picture of a Chilean Cestrum

Chilean Cestrum

Cestrum parqui

Also known as

Willow-leaved jessamine

Cestrum parqui (8704387661) by Dick Culbert (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

1.5m

1.5m

Min

1m

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Chilean Cestrum

A close up of some yellow Cestrum parqui flowers and green leaves
Some unripe green and ripe black fruits of a Cestrum parqui plant

Chilean Cestrum Overview

Cestrum parqui is a sun-loving deciduous to semi evergreen shrub species in the nightshade family, Solanaceae. It has a bushy habit and originates from Chile. Leaves are lance-shaped and they can grow to 12cm in length. In summer and autumn it produces tubular, scented, yellow flowers which smell strongest at night. These then develop into oval brown berry fruits, green when unripe. This species has won a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in the UK, however in many other locations with more favourable climates, such as South Africa, this species is considered highly invasive.

Common problems with Chilean Cestrum

Generally pest and disease free

    How to harvest Chilean Cestrum

    Generally not harvested

    How to propagate Chilean Cestrum

    Seed

    Sow in spring into pots in a cold frame.

    Cuttings

    Take softwood cuttings in summer.

    Special features of Chilean Cestrum

    Attractive flowers

    Indoor plant

    If growing indoors use a loam based compost in full light, but provide protection from the midday sun.

    Other uses of Chilean Cestrum

    This low maintenance plant suits being included in Mediterranean style gardens and can be grown indoors in containers.