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  • 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


  • 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