Mexican Orange Blossom
Mexican Orange Blossom
Choisya ternataItem #2435 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 10
Fragrant orange blossom-like blooms make this a handsome plant for warm climates. It's mounded form has many branches and dense soft green shiny foliage held near branch tips. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing to 6 to 8 ft. tall and slightly wider.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:choy-zee-a ter-NAH-taPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:7 - 9, 14 - 24, 26, 28, 31Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing to 6 to 8 ft. tall and slightly wider.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Early summerFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasThis is the quintessential foundation broadleaf evergreen shrub for covering vents, utilities and exposed footings. Makes a beautiful backgrounder for perennial beds and breaks up long fence lines with glossy foliage. Lustrous quality is a fine filler for tropical inspired landscapes that need specific look. Trim form is equally at home in semiformal traditional suburban landscaping.Companion PlantsGroup this beauty with other more exiting foliage shrubs such as Sunrise Variegated Abelia, (Abelia x grandiflora 'Sunrise'), Rainbow Surprise Mirror Plant, (Coprosma x 'Rainbow Surprise'), Velvet Cloak Smoke Tree, (Cotinus coggygria 'Velvet Cloak') and Razzleberri Fringe Flower, (Loropetalum chinense rubrum 'Monraz').
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.Pruning time: summer after flowering.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This shrub is native to the high elevations of Mexico preferring the protection of canyons and rocky sheltered hillsides. It was introduced into the U.S. in 1825. It is classified in the Rutaceae family and named for James Denis Choisy, Swiss botanist from Geneva.Lore:Not only do the flowers smell like oranges, the foliage when crushed releases oil vapors of the same fragrance.