|Mexican orange blossom - Choisya ternata 'Sungold'|
As far as ornamental plants go, Choisya ternata species, cultivars and hybrids have proved themselves to be some of the most popular. Grown primarily for their abundant and fragrant flowers, they also produce aromatic foliage which smells reminiscent of rue when bruised or cut. This however is not surprising as the genus Choisya is in fact a member of the Rutaceae family.
|Choisya ternata - Hedwig Storch|
It is a medium sized shrub, growing no more than about 5-6 ft, with a rounded habit and is suitable for planting in both sun or shade. However, new foliage on Choisya ternata 'Sundance' can be prone to scorch and may need some protection from the hottest part of the day over the height of the summer. The sweetly scented, white flowers are produced throughout late spring and early summer, and will usually flower again in the autumn.
|Choisya ternata 'Aztec Pearl' - Wouter Hagens|
The most commonly found examples are the species Choisya ternata, the golden-leaved cultivar Choisya ternata 'Sundance', and the hybrid Choisya 'Aztec Pearl' (C. arizonica x C. ternata). All three of these specimens have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
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