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Cestrum 'Newellii'

5th December 2014

6th June 2015

Cestrum elegans is a large mexican shrub that produces long cascading shoots tipped with clusters of bright red flowers. It may be hardy for a while in the mildest gardens but I have usually seen it grown under cover. There are a number of similar species and reliable identification is not easy.
C. 'Newellii' was raised in the 1870's by Mr. Newell of Downham Market and is assumed to be a seedling from a species in this group. It has particularly vivid flowers which it produced reliably for me in the cold greenhouse for a couple of years before being killed in winter. It is possible that in a sunnier (and therefore warmer) greenhouse I might have succeeded for longer.


  • James Armitage, Dawn Edwards, Neil Lancaster, John G. Hillier and Roy Lancaster (eds), The Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs, 8th edition, 2014.
  • W. J. Bean, Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles, Eighth edition.