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Choisya × dewitteana Aztec Gold

Mexican orange

Excellent specimen shrub with all year round interest

A striking variety of the Mexican orange with bright golden-yellow evergreen, aromatic leaves. Growing to form a broad mound 1.5m (5ft) high, with similar spread it is ideal as a focal point or as part of a mixed border. Clusters of fragrant white flowers appear at the tips of the shoots in spring and again in autumn.


Plant in sun or semi shade in beds and borders.


Thrives on any well-drained fertile soil. Prune in early spring to control height and spread. Cut back the longest shoots well into the heart of the shrub to maintain a natural shape.

An ideal choice where deer and rabbits are a problem; Choisya is resistant

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering May - June
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 120 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 120 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H1a

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Banks and slopes, Coastal or drought resistant, Mediterranean garden, Wildlife garden

Typically available

From February to September