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Choisya

Common name: Mexican orange blossom

These popular, easy-to-grow evergreen shrubs, with their attractive textural leaves and fragrant white spring flowers, provide year-round interest. They work particularly well with early perennials and spring bulbs that flower at the same time, such as tulips and late daffodils.

Looks

Compact shrubs with sweetly scented white flowers in late spring, held in clusters above aromatic evergreen leaves. Choisya ternata Sundance = 'Lich' has golden-yellow leaves, while those of Choisya × dewitteana ‘Aztec Pearl’ are narrower, giving a less dense appearance.

Likes

Choisyas grow well in most soil types, provided they aren’t overly wet or very dry. They prefer a sunny position, although they can cope in light shade. A sheltered site, such as against a warm wall, is ideal, especially for more tender cultivars. Good for containers.

Dislikes

Choisyas dislike soil that stays damp for long spells, and a very exposed position may lead to some damage to foliage.

Did you know?

Known as Mexican orange blossom, this shrub is indeed related to oranges (and other citrus). Like them, its leaves release an aromatic oil when crushed, but it’s from the flower fragrance that it gets its common name.

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Useful advice

Buying: trees and shrubs

Buying: trees and shrubs

Cuttings: semi-ripe

Cuttings: semi-ripe

Mulches and mulching

Mulches and mulching

Shrubs: pruning evergreens

Shrubs: pruning evergreens

Shrubs: smaller for year round interest

Shrubs: smaller for year round interest

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Snails

Verticillium wilt

Verticillium wilt

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