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Choisya ternata (Mexican orange)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2.5m
Max height
2.5m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Choisya ternata

Other names

Mexican orange, Mexican orange blossom, Mexican orange flower

Genus

Choisya Choisya

Species

C. ternata - C. ternata is an evergreen shrub. Fragrant, white flowers appear in spring, often followed by a second flush in autumn.


Choisya ternata is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are fragrant, as is the foliage when crushed.

Habit

Bushy, Rounded

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

White in Spring; White in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Snails Glasshouse red spider mite , Snails

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Choisya ternata (Mexican orange) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

City, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in full sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Choisya ternata

Other names

Mexican orange, Mexican orange blossom, Mexican orange flower

Genus

Choisya Choisya

Species

C. ternata - C. ternata is an evergreen shrub. Fragrant, white flowers appear in spring, often followed by a second flush in autumn.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are fragrant, as is the foliage when crushed.

Habit

Bushy, Rounded

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

White in Spring; White in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Snails

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Choisya ternata (Mexican orange) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

City, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in full sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

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My leaves are droopy and yellowing

Hi,My choisya's had a wonderful spring with flowers and lots of green shoots. They are potted and approx a year old however recently they had yellowing leaves whereby I added some fertiliser. I then… read more

Pruning Groups

Pruning Groups are mentioned many times. What are they and where can we see them complete with pruning instructions?Interested particularly in Group 8RegardsColin James read more

Choisya ternata

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Choisya ternata

The shrub has glossy, bright green leaves composed of three oblong leaflets. These are aromatic when crushed. Some hoverflies and moths may be attracted to this species but fewer than might be… read more

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