From the rutaceae family, the Mexican orange tree (choisya ternata) is a very decorative ornamental shrub with a compact habit. It is adorned with beautiful white flowers in spring and has a bright green all year round. The Mexican orange tree lends itself to all situations: in clumps, hedges, isolated on a lawn or even in a tub on a terrace.
Mexican orange varieties
Native to Central America, the Mexican orange tree has perfectly adapted to European climates. Eight species are listed, the most common of which areMexican orange tree Aztec pearl with fine and fragrant foliage and the orange tree of Mexico sundance whose young shoots are yellow.
Plantation of the Mexican orange tree
hardy to minus 15 ° C and undemanding, the Mexican orange tree is pleasant in mild climate in all exposures (sun, semi-shaded and shaded) and in all types of soil. For colder climates, it should be given a place in the sun sheltered from the wind. When planting in spring or fall, it is best to add potting soil to the garden soil to facilitate recovery.
Size of the Mexican orange tree
Of modest size (maximum 3 meters at maturity), the orange tree of Mexico has a slow growth and requires very little maintenance the first years. For the following years, a light pruning is enough every 3 or 4 years. It consists in cutting a third of the old branches to rejuvenate the plant. Used as a hedge, the shrub is pruned at the end of winter to resize it or give it shape.
Cuttings of the Mexican orange tree
Cuttings remain the safest solution for obtaining new Mexican orange plants. In mid-August, cut the ends of the young stems by 10 cm and remove the bottom leaves. Then install these cuttings in pots filled with potting soil: under glass bells or plastic bags. Repot them in separate pots as soon as new leaves appear.