Grown by Pat Knight:
This is an outstanding, evergreen shrub from Mexico. It is
fast growing to 10'-15' high & wide with glossy, dark green
leaves. It blooms spring to fall with crowded clusters of tubular,
crimson flowers on the branch ends. Hummingbirds love them. Beautiful
crimson berries follow.
It takes full sun or some afternoon shade and moderate water
though it will take some dryness when established. It is not
rated as hardy for us in zones 15 and 16, but Jackie Doda
grew one in a somewhat sheltered spot in Mountain View for many
years. It is well worth trying.
Pat finds this shrub needs space. It outgrew its place inside
the flowerbed and was removed. However a shoot escaped and grew
outside the wall. Now this is the beautiful result. Both the
cestrum and Pat are happy with its new self chosen location !