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Choisya ternata/Mexican Orange

Choisya ternata / Choisya ternata
Prickly stems of the Mexican Orange
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Prickly stems of the Mexican Orange

Close view of green stems with thorns

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Scientific Name: Choisya ternata
Common Name: Mexican Orange
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: White
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: This compact evergreen shrub is native to the high elevations in Mexico where it grows in canyons and on rocky hillsides. Very drought tolerant and grows best in filtered light. Bruised foliage gives off a strong and pungent smell. White, long-lasting,highly fragrant flowers attract butterflies and honeybees. Cultivar, Sundance' is reported to be a highly desirable cultivar that has bright lemon yellow foliage, but possibly fewer flowers than the species