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Scientific Name: Choisya ternata
Pronunciation: CHOY-zee-uh tur-NAY-tuh
Common Name: Mexican mock orange
Family Name: Rutaceae
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Key ID Features: Round evergreen shrub. Compound-palmate, opposite leaves with 3-5 glossy, oblanceolate leaflets. Leaves have a distinctive pungent, spicy, 'basil' scent when crushed. When held up to light, you can see oil glands in the leaves.
Course(s): Level 3 Apprenticeship

Habit: Dense
Form: Round
Texture: Medium
Mature Size:
Height:2 - 3m
Spread:1.5 - 2.0m
Growth Rate:Slow
Origin: Mexico, U.S. - southwest
Hardiness Rating: Zone 7: (-18 to -12 C)
Exposure: Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Acidic, Well-drained
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Accent plant, Fragrance, Group or mass planting, Hedge row, Mixed shrub border, Small garden/space, Spring interest, Winter interest, Woodland margin
Additional Info: Google. Cultivars on campus include C. 'Aztec Pearl' (see separate entry), and C. 'Lich (Sundance) (has bright yellow to light green young foliage and rarely flowers).
Mexican mock orange
Leaf Morphology:
Form: Compound
Arrangement: Opposite
Texture/ Venation: Pinnate venation, Soft flexible
Surfaces: Distinctive smell, Glabrous, Lustrous
Compound Leaf: Trifoliate (ternate)
Colour in Summer: Green-yellow, Yellow
Colour in Fall: Green
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Oblong, Obovate
Apices: Rounded
Bases: Attenuate, Cuneate
Margins: Entire

Inflorescence Type: Cyme
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:5
Corolla Shape:Rotate/stellate
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Showy, White
Flower Scent: Fragrant, Sweet
Flower Time at Peak: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time: Oct, Nov
Additional Info: Fruit insignificant, leathery
Bark Morphology: Smooth, Multi-stem trunk
Bark or Stem Colour: Tan

Propagation: Seed, Greenwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings, Hardwood cuttings
Plant Care:
Pest Susceptibility: Pest resistant, Disease resistant, Deer resistant, Rabbit resistant, Drought resistant
(GAZ) GAZebo
(GAZW) GAZebo West : cv. Aztec Pearl
(ONE) Overpass North side East : cv. Sundance - check location
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