Choisya ternata Sundance ('Lich') (PBR)
Mexican orange blossom
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: April to May and August to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This relative of the popular Choisya ternata has cheerful, bright yellow, glossy young evergreen foliage and produces clusters of white flowers in late spring. This dome-shaped shrub is ideal for a mixed or shrub border in light shade, where the leaves become a more subtle yellow-green.
- Garden care: Prune established plants in spring immediately after flowering, removing 25-30cm (10-12in) of the flowered stems. This encourages a second flush of flowers in late-summer and autumn. At the same time remove any frost-damaged stems to the base.
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Q:Hi I bought a 7ltr Choisya ternata from you in March/April and planted it directly. It was fine at first but now it is looking droopy (green leaves but they look sad and saggy). There are a few yellowing/brown leaves at the base. It has been warm (London) and maybe I didn't water it enough? But I am also afraid to water it too much as I have killed other plants this way.Asked on 26/6/2015 by Gemma from United Kingdom
These plants rarely succumb to pests or diseases, so I suspect this wilting is caused by a cultural problem. It could be either too much or too little water, so do keep an eye on this. The best way to know if a plant needs to be watered is to feel the soil beneath it. If it feels dry, then water the plant really thoroughly and do not repeat the process again until the soil feels dry again. The wilting could also be caused by other things including too much fertiliser, animal pee or even buried debris in the soil.Answered on 1/7/2015 by Helen from crocus
I have a big Choysia in a west facing border. The leaves have been getting droopy and matt-looking little by little since last spring, and cutting the affected stems didn't seem to help. It's now looking quite bad all over. Not sure what's wrong with it or what to do. I'd appreciate your advice. ThanksAsked on 2/3/2013 by Flamingo from Wanstead
These plants are generally trouble free, although the foliage can become scorched by wind, sun or frost. If however it is more widespread, then it may simply be succumbing to old age. The best course of action is to cut away the badly affected stems and then make sure the growing conditions are good and the plant has plenty of water and fertiliser. If it still does not pick up then it may be time to replace it.Answered on 4/3/2013 by Helen from Crocus
The foliage of these plants can be scorched by sun, wind or frost, but if it is more severe and widespread, then it may simply be succumbing to old age. The best course of action would be to cut away the badly affected growth and make sure the growing conditions are good, so has plenty of food and water. If it continues to deteriorate, it may be time to replace it.Answered on 4/3/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Is Choisya is OK in a pot?
Dear Crocus, I am looking for a reasonable sized plant or shrub to go in a large tub. I was thinking of Choisya ternata. Do you think that would be suitable or have you a better idea - please? I live in a sheltered, fairly sunny spot. I will be very grateful for any advice offered to me. BarbaraAsked on 4/7/2009 by Barbara Mickleburgh
A:Hello Barbara, Choisyas are one of my all time favourites and they tend to do really well in pots, so yes I think it would be a great idea. Try to get the largest pot you can find and make sure it is kept well fed and watered and I'm sure you will be very happy with it.Answered on 8/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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