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Mexican orange blossom

Choisya ternata

Mexican orange flower, Mexican orange, Mexican sun blossom

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Choisya ternata is a bushy, evergreen shrub commonly called Mexican orange blossom, Mexican orange flower or Mexican orange due to the resemblance between their flowers and those of orange trees. Originating from southern North America through to Mexico, this species typically reaches around 1.5-2.5m tall and wide. Leaves are dark green and shiny, divided into 3 wide leaflets. Flowers are scented, star-shaped, with 4-7 petals and measure approximately 3-5cm wide. Frequently planted as an ornamental garden plant in mild climates, this species is reasonably frost hardy. It has a Royal Horticultural Society hardiness rating of 4.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring, Autumn, Winter

Propagation

Cuttings
Semi-hardwood cuttings.

Special features

Attracts birds
Provides shelter for bird life.
Hedge plant
A favourite for garden hedging. The shiny foliage provides a thick barrier and provides shelter for bird life.

Geography

Origin
Southern North America through to Mexico.

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Personality

Family
Rutaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Strong

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