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Choisya ternata (Mexican Orange Blossom)

Mexican Orange Blossom, Mexican Orange Flower, Mexican Orange, Choisya Grandiflora


Fabulously fragrant, Choisya ternata (Mexican Orange Blossom) is a very handsome, rounded, evergreen, dense shrub with aromatic, glossy, medium green leaves composed of 3 leaflets. A profusion of fragrant, star-shaped, pure white flowers bloom from late spring to early summer and often intermittently throughout the summer and/or in the fall. Rich in nectar, they are greatly appreciated by bees and butterflies. Both flowers and leaves enjoy the divine fragrance of orange blossoms. Native to the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.

  • Awarded the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows in a rounded medium-sized, shrub up to 4-8 ft. high (120-240 cm) and wide.
  • Easily grown in fertile, well-drained soils in full sun. Provide a sheltered location, protected from cold winter winds.
  • Drought tolerant and rabbit resistant
  • Great for wall-side borders, shrub borders, hedges, city gardens or even containers (in areas north of USDA zone 7, the plant will be brought indoors in winter)
  • Virtually disease free, this plant may be affected by glasshouse red spider mite or by snails
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings
  • Prune stems immediately after flowering to encourage an additional rebloom

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Heat Zones 8 – 10
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Choisya - Mexican Oranges
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 8' (120cm – 240cm)
Spread 4' – 8' (120cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Heat Zones 8 – 10
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Choisya - Mexican Oranges
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 8' (120cm – 240cm)
Spread 4' – 8' (120cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Mediterranean Garden

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