Mexican orange blossom

Choisya ternata

Mexican orange, Mexican orange flower, 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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Autumn, Winter

Propagation

Cuttings

Semi-hardwood cuttings.

Special features

Attractive flowers
Attracts birds
Hedge plant

Special features

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

Problems

Generally disease free.
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