• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering 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.
    Key Feature:
    Fragrant Flowers and Foliage
    Blooms:
    Early summer
  • Detail
    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
    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
    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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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 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.