- Botanical family:Rutaceae
- USDA zone:-12°C (zone 8a)
- Winter effect:Evergreen plant
- Sun exposure:Sun or shade
- Soil pH+:slightly acid (pH 5,5-6,5)
- Water need:drought resistant
- In Open Ground:With protection
- Difficulty in growing:For advanced gardeners
- Blooming time:May and October
- Fragrant flowers:Very strong fragrance
- Weight: 2.0 Kgs
Choisya x dewitteana "Aztec Pearl",
Choisya Aztec Pearl, Mexican Orange Blossom, Mexican Mock Orange
The Mexican orange is an evergreen plant. The flowers are highly fragrant and the whole plants is covered by them during the months of May and October. The plant is from the family of Citrus and no wonder that the leaves contain essential oils, just like the other Citrus plants.
This hybrid Choisya was obtained by cross between Mexican Choisya ternata and Choisya arizonica, growing in southwestern regions of the United States. The hybrid has good cold tolerance and could grow in southern Bulgaria and southern Black Sea's coast as long as the place is not subject to winter inversions. Our first impressions of this plant are from the southern Bulgarian Black Sea's coast, where it feels excellent and overwinters without problems. In colder areas it can be grown in a pot and moved to a cold storage in winter or if planted in the ground - will freeze to the ground level recover in spring.
As Choisya arizonica grows in semi-desert regions, the hybrid has inherited excellent drought tolerance.
The plants on sale are already in flowering age. They are shown on the pictures on left.
More information on the cultivation of this plant in Bulgarian conditions can be found in Bulgarian in our forum:
|USDA zone:||-12°C (zone 8a)|
|Winter effect:||Evergreen plant|
|Sun exposure:||Sun or shade|
|Soil pH+:||slightly acid (pH 5,5-6,5)|
|Water need:||drought resistant|
|In Open Ground:||With protection|
|Difficulty in growing:||For advanced gardeners|
|Blooming time:||May and October|
|Fragrant flowers:||Very strong fragrance|