Last fall, on a tour of Plant Delights Nursery during the Garden Writers' symposium, I spotted this Cestrum, C. parqui, and decided to make it one of my purchases. I've grown Night-Blooming Jessamine (C. nocturnum) for several years and it's done well in my garden, so I thought this one might also.
Had I read the description from the PDN website, I expect I'd have passed it by ... 15 feet tall??? Further true confessions: I still hadn't read the description before I planted it. Had I done so, I certainly wouldn't have put it so near the front sidewalk. I'm pinning my hopes on the words "can reach" and hoping that means Florida or south Texas!
Named by the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) as one of their top 200 plants of the last 200 years, Cestrum parqui is truly one of the most amazingly floriferous perennials that we grow. From Zone 8 south, Cestrum parqui actually behaves like a shrub and can reach 15' tall in very tropical locations, but only 5' in temperate climates. (Plant Delights Nursery description)
Although PDN describes the color as mustard yellow, it's much more delicate than that in my garden (thank goodness ... again, if I'd seen that description, I'd have passed it by.)
Like Night-Blooming Jessamine, this Cestrum is only fragrant at night and I never seem to find myself out front at the right time. Perhaps one night soon I'll walk outside and swoon!