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Cestrum elegans (Red cestrum)

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Maintenance level
1 hour care
per year
Ultimate height
Max height
Ultimate spread
Max spread
Time to maturity
5-10 years
To maturity
Toxic - All parts are poisonous if ingested.

Botanical name: Cestrum elegans

Other names: Red cestrum, Cestrum purpureum

Genus: Cestrum

Species: C. elegans - C. elegans is a vigorous, evergeen shrub with arching branches, matt, mid-green leaves, panciles of tubular, red to purple-red flowers in summer and autumn followed by purple-red fruit.

Cestrum elegans is: Evergreen

Flower: Red, Reddish-purple in Summer; Red, Reddish-purple in Autumn

Foliage: Mid-green in All seasons

Habit: Arching

Toxicity: All parts are poisonous if ingested.

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Pests: Generally pest free.

Diseases: Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning: Group 9 - Deadhead regularly if practical. Lightly trim or prune misplaced shoots in mid- to late spring.. REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings. REGISTER to

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Cestrum elegans (Red cestrum) will reach a height of 3m and a spread of 3m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses: Conservatory, Containers, Greenhouse, Sub-Tropical, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation: Outdoors, grow in fertile, well-drained soil in a sheltered site in sun or part shade. Alternatively, grow under glass in loam based compost in full light with shade from intense sun. Provide good ventilation.

Soil type: Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: South, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)

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