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Choisya ternata


Mexican Orange Blossom

Glossy dark green leaves and pure white scented flowers

The Mexican Orange Blossom is a tough shrub that will grow well in sun or shade. Rounded, glossy, deep green leaves stay on the plant through the year and make a neat mound. The pure white flower clusters are sweetly scented and are borne in late spring and again in autumn. The perfume is carried around the garden on warm days, attracting plenty of pollinating insects who will feast on the flowers.


Patio gardeners will love this plant as it grows really well in a large container and is happy placed almost anywhere. In the ground, it is unfussy on soil type and position and drought tolerant once established.


Plant in well prepared soil and shelter young plants from cold winds. Use a good quality potting compost for container growing. Remove spent flower heads in late spring to encourage fresh growth and more flowers in autumn.

Foliage is mildly scented

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 Autumn, Spring, Summer, Winter
Flowering April - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 150 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 65 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
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 Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From February to September