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