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Choisya ternata 'Sundance'

Mexican orange blossom

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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






Skill level


Choisya ternata 'Sundance'

Plant details

Choisya ternata 'Sundance' is a dome-shaped shrub with bright yellow-green, glossy evergreen foliage, above which clusters of fragrant white flowers appear in late spring. When crushed, the leaves have a distinctive smell, which reminds many gardeners of basil.

Grow Choisya ternata 'Sundance' in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Prune in summer immediately after flowering.

Family: Rutaceae

Genus: Choisya

Species: ternata

Cultivar: Sundance

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Golden

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 250cm

Spread: 250cm

Flowering period: May to June

Reader reviews


My Choisya - Sundance has started to go yellow at the top. I cut it back as I thought it was wind damage. It's kept in a pot and was in full sun but I've moved it to a more sheltered site to see if there's any improvement.

Any other suggestions as to what might be wrong or what I should do with it?


I have a Dicksonia fern which I packed with straw and then covered with fleece. Having checked the plant I notice the old fronds have gone black. Is this normal or is it a more ominous sign that the plant has been killed by frost?


My mother is worried about her Choisya Sundance.It has gone brown on the top but she is worried that if she cuts the brown shoots off it will not flower. Can you advise please

greenfingers steve

I resited a choisya sundance last year in autumn. It now appears to be in distress. The leaves appear drought effected. I did not prune it down when i replanted and I believe this is why it has been effected so badly.Should I now in early spring hard prune to see if it improves


I have had my Sundance for many years. The leaves are a lovely golden colour and a nice aromatic scent. I often cut the width back as I have a shallow border,with no detrimental effect but do not cut when possibility of frost and the ends will be damaged. I let mine grow to 6ft this year and although it is against the fence, the wind broke the stems and I have had to cut hard back.

Jess is in the Garden

My Choisiya Sundance seems very lush and happy. It is 3 years old and about 1m in height. It is in a raised bed, well-drained soil, west-facing with lots of sun over Spring and Summer. But it has never flowered! has anybody else noticed theirs not flowering whilst still youngish? I have pruned it very lightly the first year to encourage something, then left it alone the last 2 years. No difference. Many thanks.

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