Mexican Orange Blossom
Mexican Orange Blossom
Choisya ternataItem #2435 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 10
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A handsome evergreen shrub for warm climates with fragrant orange blossom-like flowers and glossy, soft green leaves that emit a pleasant citrus odor when crushed. The naturally mounded form with dense branching and foliage is excellent for use in foundation plantings and perennial borders.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 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; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and slightly wider.Special features:Year-round InterestFoliage 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 semi-formal traditional suburban landscaping.Companion PlantsCalifornia Lilac (Ceanothus); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia); Loroptalum (Loropetalum); Iris (Iris); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)
- CareCare InformationGrows easily in slightly acidic, fertile, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, prune annually after flowering.Pruning time: summer after flowering.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- 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.