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Choisya ternata

Mexican orange blossom

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Aromatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Mark Bolton, copyright GAP Photos (20758)

Plant details

This well-loved evergreen shrub from Mexico enjoys warm conditions. In mild gardens it will reach full size in the open, but elsewhere plants benefit if sheltered from the cold winds that can damage the foliage and restrict growth - a warm wall is ideal, or plants may be grown in containers that can be moved under cover in winter. The bushes look attractive at all times, but especially when covered with the very fragrant white blooms shorten stems by 25-30cm (10-12in) after flower to encourage a second flush in autumn. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rutaceae

Genus: Choisya

Species: ternata

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 300cm

Spread: 250cm

Time to take cuttings: April to July

Reader reviews


Hello there. I find this scrapbook really handy as I am doing the RHS Diploma in Horticulture at Regents Park. The plant Identity is always a bit of a challenge.

The scrapbook would be even better if it could be divided into dofferent sections. Is it possible to do this?


Robert Tunmore


Good all round plant with a scent. Not for the front of border. Flowers are small but pretty. I cut mine back from 6ft to 3ft with no problems.

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