Choisya ternata

2 litre pot £19.99
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Buy Choisya ternata Mexican orange blossom: Wonderfully scented white flowers

  • Position: full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: May, often with a second flush in late summer or autumn
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Wonderfully scented, star-shaped, white flowers appear in late spring among glossy, aromatic, dark green leaves. This handsome, compact and easy-to-grow shrub is a valuable garden mainstay for a protected site in sun or part shade, although in shade it may not flower. The glossy, evergreen leaves provide an excellent backdrop for medium-sized perennials and pale-grey or purple foliage plants.

  • 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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Notes on Choisya ternata

"Perfect for a hot, sunny mixed border or to add an exotic touch to a shady border; very effective as an informal flowering hedge also useful for city gardens as it is tolerant of pollution"

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Bought this to add to hedging plants down side of front garden. After 5yrs I think it has reached maturity and blends in with other plants really well. Planted in full sun in sandy soil and seems to love it there. Have now bought a 2nd young plant for back garden that I hope thrives. Inexpensive so within price range that anyone can give it a go.




I would buy this again.


Very nice in a border.


Near Bristol


Spring scent


Chose this shrub as it has a lovely scent in early spring. Yet to bloom, but keeping my fingers crossed. Used a container to grow it to keep size to minimum






The plant appears to doing well. It hasn't grown a great deal yet but it is in bud and starting to flower.


N E Norfolk


Am very pleased with my purchase.still going strong


Needs to be properly looked after




Great product


Quick growing attractive foliage and flowers




Lovely healthy plant


Beautiful plant that has really enhanced a border.


West Yorkshire


reliable and also attractive


This has grown into a healthy bush of a good shape without pruning. The leaves are attractive and I know it will have fragrant blossom. I have planted it in my son's garden as I know that he has no expertise nor time to care for it and this will look attractive without needing attention.





4.9 8


Many years ago I bought three choisya ternata plants. I planted them fairly close together in the border. Up until two years ago, I had a lovely 5ft tall rounded shrub. Then it snowed heavily and the weight of the snow snapped several branches. I tied them up with some string to try to retain the shape, and they survived, but the lovely shape of the plant has not recovered and it is more a sort of goblet shape. My question is, should I prune it all really hard, removing the broken branches and take it back to three much smaller shrubs to see if it helps with the shape?


It can be a little risky, but if the lovely shape of your Choisya has been ruined, then they usually bounce back again after being cut back quite hard in late spring.


I bought this plant a month or so ago. To start with it was really green but lately I have found a number of yellow leaves. It is in a large pot in a sheltered position with afternoon sun and I have been watering it every other day until it is established. My questions is am I watering it too much/not enough or is it something completely different. Help!!!


The best way to determine if a plant is getting too much water is to feel the compost, and if it is still wet the plant wont need any more. My general guidelines for watering are simple. I recommend giving the plant a thorough soak, making sure the excess water can drain way freely from the bottom of the pot, then let the compost get reasonably dry before repeating the process again.


I've just bought two Choisya ternata. I'm happy for them to overlap, but don't want a gap. How far apart should they be planted?

Tenaciously Tina

Hello, These plants have an eventual spread of around 2.5m, but if you are trying to create a hedge, they can be planted as close 45cm together.


Hi, I want to plant a Choisya hedge along our boundary with our neighbour where the neighbour's side is their driveway. How far from the boundary line would you suggest I plant the Choisya so the plants will reach but not encroach on their side. I would hope to grow them to a max of 4-5ft tall. Thank you.


Hello, These plants have an eventual height and spread of around 2.5m, but it is possible to keep them a little more compact by cutting them back immediately after flowering (any later and you may not get flowers in the following year). To be on the safe side however, I would probably recommend you planting them at least 1m away from your neighbours drive.


our Choisya Ternata bought from you last year has survived the shocking winter in the top end of the Dales but the leaves are all yellow now (it is not Sundance) with what shall I feed it?

Spinone Lover

Hello, These plants will benefit from a good general-purpose fertiliser. Some of the best include Growmore or MiracleGro. Application rates will vary depending on which one you opt for, but it is important to follow the manufacturers instructions carefully.


Plants for a sunny bed and clay soil Dear Sir or Madam We have been looking at various shrubs to plant into a border that gets plenty of sun all year round. The soil is clay based, which appears to dry out rapidly but it has been enriched from time to time with compost etc. Would you be able to offer any suggestions as to what we could plant? We have a few plants in the border....a palm that was planted last spring and appears to be establishing itself quite well, a holly tree that needs no attention as it's mature. Also we have 2 conifers which were planted with no real thought to be honest; although they were initially in pots on our decking,- I don't think they will grow too tall due to their variety. We would like something that will flower, but not grow too high, say, no more than 2metres or so in maturity. We are eager to get something of worth growing, as our neighbours have cut down a lot of their trees and shrubs adjacent to our fence, leaving the view somewhat sterile and unappealing. Just for the record, the opposite side of our garden is fine! Any assistance would be gratefully appreciated. Thank you.

peter mcintyre

Hello There, There are several plants that may be suitable - here are some of the best. Ceanothus thyrsiflorus Skylark Choisya ternata Escallonia Apple Blossom Viburnum tinus French White I hope this helps, Helen Plant Doctor

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Balcony plants please I have just moved into an apartment with little room, could you please recommend evergreens, if possible with fragrance and colour. Balcony size is nearly 3 by 5 metres, south facing. Most grateful Yvonne

Yvonne Gowers

Hello Yvonne, There are many things that might be suitable - here are some of the best Sarcococca confusa Choisya ternata Lavandula Daphne I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Growing plants for a wedding Dear Crocus, I am a very happy customer ..... I love your site, plants and service. I learnt about you first from Arabella Lennox-Boyd. But now I am writing for some advice please. My sister is getting married in Oxfordshire on the last weekend of May. I would love to grow the flowers for the wedding. I have a big garden with empty beds and a green house at my disposal. Could you give me some advice on types of cut flowers that would be in bloom at the end of May? Some pointers as a place to start my research and buying would be fantastic. Thank you very much, Best wishes, Kate

Kate Olivia Higginbottom

Thank you so much Helen - amazing! I'll send you photos of the finished results. Best wishes and thanks again, Kate

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Hello Kate, It will be a little hit and miss as a lot will depend on the weather, but the following plants should be in flower around that time. Choisya ternata Osmanthus x burkwoodii Syringa Viburnum x carlcephalum Convallaria majalis Iris Paeonia Euphorbia palustris Aquilegia Ceanothus Skylark and if we have a hot start to the summer a couple of roses or some of the earlier lavenders may have started too. I hope this gives you lots of ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

Kate Olivia Higginbottom

Choisya size? Please could you advise what size your 7.5lt Choisya ternata are? Thank you

Andrew Scott

Hello There, These will be around 30-40cm tall, but nice and bushy.

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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. Barbara

Barbara Mickleburgh

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.

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