Botanical name: Choisya
Botanical name: Choisya
The mexican oranges (genus Choisya) are a small group of evergreen shrubs. Closely related to the oranges of genus Citrus, mexican oranges bear white, fragrant flowers that are quite similar to orange blossoms. Because of their graceful forms and beautifully-scented blooms, these trees are often planted ornamentally, particularly in areas with mild winters. They are also prodigious nectar producers and are prized by beekeepers.
Species of Mexican oranges
Mexican orange 'Aztec Pearl'
The mexican orange 'Aztec Pearl' is a hybrid of Choisya ternata and Choisya dumosa var. arizonica. Its leaves and flowers smell like oranges. This shrub has received a merit award from the Royal Horticultural Society. Its blossoms are shaped like stars and are white in color with a small amount of pink. These pearly flowers, coupled with the species' home habitat account for the cultivar's unique name.
Mexican orange 'Aztec Gold'
Mexican orange 'Aztec Gold' is a cultivar of Mexican Orange named for its golden yellow flowers. The flowers are attractively contrasted with glossy green foliage which makes the plant useful as a hedge. The cultivar has a pleasant, citrus fragrance and is very attractive to pollinators. It is disease-free, drought tolerant and low maintenance.
Mexican orange 'Sundance'
Mexican orange 'Sundance' is an eye-catching evergreen shrub with glossy golden-yellow leaves. Its fragrant, white blooms, which appear in late spring and again in fall, attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. A versatile plant, it's suitable for containers, borders and mixed plantings, and is drought-tolerant once established.
Mexican orange is an intriguing plant with many interesting characteristics. This plant is a favorite for garden usage due to its vibrant flowers and attractive foliage. Additionally, mexican orange has an economic value as it is often used in the perfume industry for its aromatic leaves. Another interesting fact about mexican orange is its ability to attract various insect species, making it a valuable addition to any garden ecosystem. With its unique combination of beauty and functionality, mexican orange is sure to captivate both garden enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.
Mexican orange (Choisya ternata) is a plant species native to the southern United States and Mexico. The Latin name Choisya ternata references the Swiss botanist Jacques Denis Choisy. The mexican orange is known for its highly abundant and fragrant flowers.