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Mexican Orange Blossom Care and Propagation


The Mexican Orange Blossom (Choisya ternata) is a fully hardy evergreen shrub. This is a superb choice of shrub for any size of garden and requires almost no attention other than a yearly prune to shape.

Choisya trernata Sundance (our recommendation) has evergreen light green (almost yellow) leaves with the added bonus of small white flowers that cover it from late Spring to early summer. Treat it well and it will flower again in autumn. See the main article under the heading 'pruning'.

Choisya naturally forms a compact attractive dome shape and is suitable in a mixed border or as a specimen plant in the small to medium-sized garden.

Mexican Orange Blossom Facts

Botanical Name Choisya ternata

Common Name Mexican Orange Blossom

Type Evergreen spring flowering shrub

(after 5 years)
2.5m x 2.5m (8ft x 8ft)

Position Full sun but tolerates partial shade very well.

Soil Does well in all fertile soils

Hardy Yes (to zone 7 in USA)

Flower White

Foliage Light green

Scent No

Season of
August to June in the area.

Propagate Semi-ripe cuttings in July, click here for semi-ripe cutting article.
By seed sown under cover in Spring

Name: jim@GardenAction
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Date posted: November 01, 2011 - 03:06 am
Message: Try a local garden centre. If they do not have them, they may know another local garden that does.

Name: Kim Solomon
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Date posted: November 01, 2011 - 02:13 am
Message: I am looking to purchase orange blossom plants. Who sells them?

Name: colin norman
Date posted: October 13, 2011 - 07:43 am
Message: my choisya ternata remains green and I would prefer a nice gold colour.
Can I treat it in any way to make it gold?? Thank you.
COLIN Norman

Name: David Oakley
Date posted: August 30, 2011 - 08:01 am
Message: I have just purchased three Mexican Orange Blossom Shrubs (Sundance. Your site informs me that there is no scent to this plant yet other sites and the labels tell me different?????

Name: tony
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Date posted: June 17, 2011 - 07:09 am
Message: will the mexican orange blossom stand the frosty weather