(Orange Peel Jessamine) Mainly fragrant at night, the orange and yellow flowers of Cestrum 'Orange Peel' are the result of a cross between Night-Blooming Cestrum (C. nocturnum) and Day-Blooming Cestrum (C. diurnum).
Don't confuse Cestrum species -- members of the potato family (Solanaceae) often called Jessamines -- with Jasmines (Jasminum spp.), which are from the olive family (Oleaceae).
Orange Peel Jessamine's parents are from the tropics of the Western Hemisphere. C. nocturnum is native to Mexico and Central America as well as the Caribbean, which is also home to C. diurnum.
Barbara Bridge's former Southern Perennials and Herbs nursery of Tylertown, Mississippi, introduced Orange Peel Jessamine. Fine Gardening has called it "a veritable living bouquet" due to umbels prolific with tiny blossoms. Hummingbirds love its nectar. Deer don't nibble on it and neither should people or pets.
This is a full sun subshrub -- a shrub that acts as a perennial and dies to ground during winter in the cooler part of its range. It is long blooming and heat tolerant. Expect it to grow tall and moderately wide with rich, well-drained soil and average watering based on local conditions.
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