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Photo Credit: Molly Murphy

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Photo Credit: Molly Murphy

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  • HPRWA SCORE 17
  • FAMILY Solanaceae
  • CATEGORY Shrubs, Vines, & Others

night-blooming jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum)

An invasive horticultural shrub that aggressively invades disturbed and native forests. The Division of Forestry and Wildlife of the Hawai`i Department of Land and Natural Resources has designated this species as one of Hawai`i's Most Invasive Horticultural Plants. C. nocturnum is also listed as one of the world’s top 100 invasive plants by the Global Invasive Species Database.

  • An evergreen sprawling shrub that emits a strong odor at night
  • Simple green leaves with entire margins and alternately arranged
  • Greenish-white tubular flowers
  • Berries are white and 8 to 10 mm in diameter
  • Grows up to 20 feet tall
  • Naturalized on all the main islands and Lanai

Harm

  • Forms a dense impenetrable thickets
  • Unpalatable to livestock
  • Widely distributed due to its sweet odor and ease of propagation
  • Aggressively colonizes native and disturbed forests
  • Shade tolerant, self-compatible, reproduces vegetatively, and matures quickly
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