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Uses

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Choisya ternata.

Material uses

Plants can be grown as an informal hedge, they also respond well to clipping and so can be grown in a more formal manner[1].
There are no material uses listed for Choisya ternata.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Choisya ternata.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Hedge

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[2]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 6 - 8cm long, early July in gentle heat in individual pots in a frame[3][4]. High percentage[4].

Cuttings of almost ripe wood, 10 - 15cm with a heel, August in a frame. Good percentage. Plant out in spring[4].

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Cultivation

Requires an open sunny but sheltered position[3]. Plants can be damaged by cold winds[5]. Plants grow equally well whether in full sun or in deep shade[6]. They succeed in most soils[6], but prefer a rather light loam[7][3]. They require a well-drained soil, tolerating drought once established and atmospheric pollution[8].

A very ornamental plant[7], it usually survives very severe winters in Britain but can be damaged in spells of lesser cold, especially in the New Year[3]. Plants are normally undamaged at temperatures around -10°c but can be defoliated at -15°c[8]. Whole branches have a habit of dying for no apparent reason[9]. The Mexican orange flower is moderately fast growing when young, but it soon slows down with age[6]. The plants are very tolerant of pruning and can be cut right back to the ground if required[6]. Pruning is generally unnecessary for this species, apart from cutting out frost-damaged wood[5]. Some named forms have been selected for their ornamental value[10]. The flowers appear mainly in late spring[10][5], but plants can produce a few flowers in the autumn[10]. They often also flower intermittently all through the summer[5]. The flowers are borne at the shoot tips[5]. The crushed foliage has a pungent aromatic scent of oranges[6][11] and the flowers are sweetly fragrant with the powerful aroma of orange blossom[5][11].

Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[2].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Choisya ternata.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Choisya ternata
Genus
Choisya
Family
Rutaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
7
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
permanent shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Drought
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
3 x 3 meters
Fertility
?
Pollinators
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type

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References

  1. ? 1.01.1 Shepherd. F.W. Hedges and Screens. Royal Horticultural Society. ISBN 0900629649 (1974-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.12.2 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.13.23.33.4 Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.14.2 Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
  5. ? 5.05.15.25.35.45.5 Grey-Wilson. C. & Matthews. V. Gardening on Walls Collins ISBN 0-00-219220-0 (1983-00-00)
  6. ? 6.06.16.26.36.4 Davis. B. Climbers and Wall Shrubs. Viking. ISBN 0-670-82929-3 (1990-00-00)
  7. ? 7.07.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  8. ? 8.08.1 Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Shrubs. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30258-2 (1989-00-00)
  9. ? Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. Murray ISBN 0-7195-5043-2 (1992-00-00)
  10. ? 10.010.110.2 Brickell. C. The RHS Gardener's Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-86318-386-7 (1990-00-00)
  11. ? 11.011.1 Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London. ISBN 0-7090-5440-8 (1994-00-00)

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