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Mexican Orange Blossom Choisya x dewitteana 'Aztec Pearl'

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CHOIZ-e-a
Description

The award-winning Choisya x dewitteana 'Aztec Pearl' was bred in 1982 from a cross between Choisya ternata and Choisya dumosa var. arizonica. The cultivar was bred by Peter Moore for Hillier nurseries, located in Hampshire in the United Kingdom.

It is a broadleaf evergreen shrub that will reach a height of 8' tall.  Its showy white flowers along with its foliage have a distinct orange scent, thus its common names including the word orange.  Its foliage have oil glands, that when they are crushed they will omit the very fragrant aroma.  

The abundance of nectar produced by the flowers provides a great source of food for butterflies and bees.  

If pruning is necessary, accomplish that task after blooming.  That pruning will encourage additional flowering.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious issues.  Occasional issues with snails and spider mites.

Provide a sheltered location to protect from strong winds and aid in the prevention of winter kill.  

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Tags:
#fragrant#evergreen#showy flowers#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#shrub#fragrant leaves#rabbit resistant#disease resistant#pollinator plant#butterfly friendly#shrub borders#showy#butterflies#butterfly#insect resistant#butterfly garden#pollinator garden#bees
 
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Tags:
#fragrant#evergreen#showy flowers#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#shrub#fragrant leaves#rabbit resistant#disease resistant#pollinator plant#butterfly friendly#shrub borders#showy#butterflies#butterfly#insect resistant#butterfly garden#pollinator garden#bees
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Choisya
    Species:
    dewitteana
    Family:
    Rutaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Great for borders and screening.
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Wildlife Value:
    The flowers attract butterflies and bees.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Buffer
    Fragrance
    Screening
    Dimensions:
    Height: 7 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 7 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Open
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Corymb
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    The buds are pink, flushing to white. The fragrant white flowers appear at the end of shoots in clusters of 3 to 6. It will bloom in late spring to early summer and then again in late summer.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Obovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The bright green, finger-like leaves have a fragrant aroma.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Diseases
    Drought
    Insect Pests
    Rabbits