Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate growing to 6 to 8 ft. tall and slightly wider.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Deer Resistant
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Early summer
Landscape Uses:
Landscape Uses
Botanical Pronunciation:choy-zee-a ter-NAH-ta
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Sunset climate zones:7 - 9, 14 - 24, 26, 28, 31
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 6 to 8 ft. tall and slightly wider.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Early summer
Flower color:White
Flower attributesFragrant, Repeat Flowering
Design 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').
Care Information
Follow 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:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
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's classified in the Rutaceae and named for James Denis Choisy, Swiss botanist from Geneva.
Lore:
Not only do the flowers smell like orange, the foliage when crushed releases oil vapors of the same fragrance.