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cestrum elegans 'smithii' - fragrant after all?

Posted by mattdiclemente 7 (My Page) on
Wed, May 11, 11 at 0:49

Cestrums are vigorous growers among fragrant plants.
In fact, they are large, course, tropical shrubs that need to be brought indoors in the Winter here in New Jersey, and I grow them only for their fragrance, and their iron clad resiliance.

While I've long been familiar with yellow C. Parquii, and Cestrum Nocturnum, (Night Blooming Jasmine)and I long to try Cestrum Diurnum, the puportedly white-chocolate-scented Day Blooming Jasmine, it was only last year I discovered a group of more colorful red and pink Cestrums. I hesitated to try these, because I could not find information on whether they shared the characteristic fragrance of the genus. These have recently come to my notice one once more, and during the spring plant I know you experience each year too no less.

CESTRUM ELEGANS 'SMITHII', or Pink Cestrum, is being offered on Ebay right now, at a very reasonable price.
The seller, who seems to be as knowledgeable as any on the subject of plants, (dogwooderitternet on Ebay) to my delight, describes them as fragrant. Can this be? Does anyone have experience growing Cestrum Elegans 'Smithii'?
Can you confirm its status as a fragrant plant?

Thank-you for your help!
Best wishes,
Matt Di Clemente


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RE: cestrum elegans 'smithii' - fragrant after all?

Hi Matt!

I've no experience with Cestrum elegans 'Smithii', sorry.
I was wondering if you've grown Cestrum 'Orange Peel' (a hybrid between nocturnum and diurnum)? Some sources state it has a sweet fragrance at night and other sources mention no scent. It's supposed to be cold hardy where I live and attract hummers (both a plus) but of course being the scent whore that I am I'm wondering about the scent.

-Robert


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RE: cestrum elegans 'smithii' - fragrant after all?

Dear Robert,

As we say in New Jersey, thanks for nothing.
I have grown Cestrum 'Orange Peel' and I reccomend it.
I will post the info in a new thread so as to avoid confusion and to help with search results.

Does anyone have experience with the pink Cestrum elegans 'Smithii'.?

Thank-you!


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RE: cestrum elegans 'smithii' - fragrant after all?

The seller you mention is probably the best plant person on ebay. If he states something as fact, it is fact. Period. You can, in other words, take him as his word.


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