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Night Jessamine
Scientific Name: Cestrum nocturnum L.
Family: Solanaceae
Night Jessamine (Cestrum  nocturnum) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 13,16-27
USDA: 9b-12

Frost Tolerance: The plant is hardy to 25F (-4C) but without protection, the new growth is likely to be killed in the low 30's

Sun Exposure: Light shade

Origin: West Indies (Jamaica, Lesser Antilles)

Growth Habits: Evergreen or semi-deciduous shrub, up to 12 feet tall (3.6 m)

Watering Needs: Regular water

Propagation: Soft tip cutting

Some parts of the plant are poisonous.

Cultural Practices:
Prune every year after flowering to shape.

Blooming Habits:
The greenish-white flowers open at night and are powerfully fragrant.

Fruiting Habits:

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