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 Starleaf, Mexican Orange
Choisya ternata in flower
Habit: shrub
Height: 1-3m (3-10 ft)wp
Lifespan: perennial
Origin:  ?
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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Choisya (J. D. Choisy, Swiss botanist. 1799-1859). Rutaceae. One Mexican shrub, C. ternata, HBK., grown in S. Calif, and S. Fla., and sometimes under glass. It grows 4-8 ft. high, making a compact free-blooming bush, with opposite ternate lvs.. the lfts. lance-obovate or oblong, thick and entire, with pellucid dots: fls. in a terminal, forking cluster, white, fragrant, orange-like (whence the vernacular name "Mexican orange"), 1 in. across, with pellucid dots. R.H. 1869:330. Gn. 50, p. 203. J.H. III. 34:253.— A handsome shrub, worthy of greater popularity. It will endure several degrees of frost, and should succeed in the open in many of the southern states. Blossoms in S. Calif . at different seasons; it can be made to bloom, it is said, every two months by withholding water and then watering liberally, as is done with roses in S. France. Hardy against a wall in parts of S. England. CH

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About 7-9 species, includingwp:
Choisya arizonica
Choisya dumosa
Choisya ternata


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