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Choisya ternata AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Leaf or Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Autumn, Spring and Winter

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

Mexican orange blossom

Family

Rutaceae


Choisya are evergreen shrubs with aromatic, palmately divided leaves and fragrant star-shaped white flowers

C. ternata is a rounded, medium-sized bushy evergreen shrub, with dark, glossy green leaves divided into three broad leaflets. Flowers pure white, scented, often appearing fitfully into winter

Other common names

  • Mexican orange
  • Mexican orange flower

Synonym(s)

  • Choisya grandiflora

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in a sheltered position in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, City/Courtyard Gardens, Wall-side Borders or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Can get glasshouse red spider mite and damage by snails

Diseases

Generally disease free