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Mexican Orange Blossom

Choisya ternata

Also known as

Mexican Orange Flower, Mexican Sun Blossom, Mexican-Orange

Funchal, Monte - Choisya ternata (Orangenblume) IMG 1974 by Hedwig Storch (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Mexican Orange Blossom

Two white Choisya ternata flowers with green leaves
Some white Choisya ternata flowers with green leaves
A photo of Mexican Orange Blossom
A photo of Mexican Orange Blossom
A photo of Mexican Orange Blossom

Mexican Orange Blossom Overview

Choisya ternata is a bushy, evergreen shrub commonly called Mexican orange blossom, Mexican orange flower or Mexican orange due to the resemblance between their flowers and orange trees. Originating from southern North America through Mexico, this species typically reaches around 1.5-2.5m tall and wide. Leaves are dark green and shiny, divided into 3 wide leaflets. Flowers are scented, star-shaped, with 4-7 petals and measure approximately 3-5cm wide. Frequently planted as an ornamental garden plant in mild climates, this species is reasonably frost hardy. It has a Royal Horticultural Society hardiness rating of 4.

Common problems with Mexican Orange Blossom

Generally disease free.

How to propagate Mexican Orange Blossom


Semi-hardwood cuttings.

Special features of Mexican Orange Blossom

Attractive flowers

Attracts birds

Provides shelter for bird life.

Hedge plant

A favourite for garden hedging. The shiny foliage provides a thick barrier and provides shelter for bird life.

Other uses of Mexican Orange Blossom

Foliage fragrance. Garden. Summer/Autumn interest. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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