Choisya 'Aztec Pearl', Mexican Orange Blossom

Choisya 'Aztec Pearl'

Mexican Orange Blossom
Family: Rutaceae
Origin: Mexico
USDA Zone: 7-9?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The Choisya ternata has hybridised with Choisya arizonica to give Choisya 'Aztec Pearl', a popular modern cultivar, which has leaves divided into 3-5 slender leaflets, and flowers which are pink in bud, opening white.This is a rounded, medium-sized shrub with shining, dark green leaves. These are opposite; they are pitted with numerous oil glands (which can be seen if the leaf is held up to the light) and give off a pungent odor when crushed. Happy in full sun or dappled shade, it will also do well in dry areas. Best planted in early autumn or wait until spring. If pruning required, then it should be done in mid spring.

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