Orange Zest Jessamine
Cestrum aurantiacum 'Orange Zest'
Orange Zest Jessamine flowers
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Height: 6 feet
Spread: 6 feet
Hardiness Zone: 6b
Other Names: Orange Zest Cestrum
This spectacular shrub produces showy masses of bright orange tubular flowers with yellow tips over a long period; plant in sheltered area of the garden or along borders; dies back in colder zones; may re-sprout from roots after a hard freeze
Orange Zest Jessamine features showy clusters of orange tubular flowers with yellow tips at the ends of the branches from late spring to mid fall. It has bluish-green foliage which emerges green in spring. The pointy leaves remain bluish-green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Orange Zest Jessamine is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Orange Zest Jessamine is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Orange Zest Jessamine will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.
Orange Zest Jessamine makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.