Mock Orange

Murraya paniculata

Synonyms: Orange Jessamine, Murraya exotica, Chalcas paniculata.

Murraya is a popular hedging option in warm climates where it forms a dense and lush wall of green with small fragrant flowers. Although it grows to around 4m in height, Murraya can be tamed with pruning, to which it responds with vigor. For best results, prune every 2-3 months during the growing period. Flowering occurs in Spring and again in late summer but will usually have a few flowers at all times.

Applications

  • Hedging
  • Screening
  • Pots & Tubs
  • Fragrant gardens
  • Japanese gardens
  • Formal gardens
  • Topiary
  • Low border (dwarf forms such as Min-A-Min)

Care

Prune lightly and regularly to encourage dense growth. Forms a small tree if not pruned. Can be clipped into a hedge and fairs well as a topiary. Will grow in part-shade (even heavy shade) but it doesn’t usually look very good (gets sparse and leggy). Recommended it is planted in a sunny position. Does best in rich, well-drained soil. Won’t tolerate waterlogged soils. Use quality fertilizer such as Troforte or with regularity to maintain strong, clean growth.

Features

  • Dark glossy foliage

  • Dense growth suitable for hedging/topiary

  • Fragrant white flowers

Mock Oranges: Plant Care and Collection of Varieties

Mockorange is a very hardy shrub with long lasting, citrus-fragrant, white blooms in the late spring to early summer.

About mock oranges
The mockorange shrub is most appreciated for its fragrant scent and therefore best used in an area adjacent to a driveway, walkway or patio where the scent can easily be encountered. It has a naturally vase-shaped appearance, but can be pruned annually to encourage a dense form. The pure white blooms of mock orange are fragrant and lasting. Hardiness Zones 4-8.

Special features of mock oranges
Philadelphus x virginalis ‘Virginal’ has attractive, white, double flowers with an outstanding fragrance in the late spring to early summer season on a 6 to 8 foot tall shrub.
Philadelphus x virginalis ‘Dwarf Snowflake’ is a compact variety only growing 3-4 feet high with double, pure-white flowers with contrasting dark green leaves.
Philadelphus microphyllus or Littleleaf mockorange is a slower-growing species, growing 3-4 feet tall. The pure white star-shaped flowers bloom in June and are pleasantly fragrant.

Choosing a site to grow mock oranges
Choose a site with full sun for best growth and prolific flowering. This shrub needs plenty of space to grow and spread. Though it is tolerant of a wide range of soils, it performs best in well-drained locations. Use it as a background shrub or as a specimen plant. Just be sure to locate it where you can enjoy the sweet fragrance. Plant in groups, as a hedge row, privacy screen, or as an individual featured shrub in the garden.

Planting Instructions
Plant container-grown nursery plants from spring through fall. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot the plant is in. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Carefully fill in around the root ball and firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly.

Ongoing Care
Mockorange benefits from regular renewal or rejuvenation pruning. The process typically involves removing one-fifth to one-third of the oldest and largest stems at ground level. Cutting the larger stems encourages vigorous growth from the ground, making the shrub full from the bottom up. Selective pruning also improves the shrub’s flowering capacity by allowing more light to reach the interior of the plant.

Mexican Orange Blossom Choisya ternata

Mexican Orange Blossom: A Field Guide

Evergreen Mexican orange blossom (Choisya ternata) is an excellent shrub to keep in mind if you live in a climate with mild winters and you need a foundation screen, a backdrop plant, or a deer-resistant hero.

With clusters of small, perfumed flowers and glossy green leaves, Mexican orange blossom is a handsome foil for other plants. The shrub will grow to a height of about 6 feet (with a slightly smaller diameter) but you can prune it hard to keep it smaller without harming its health. “Because the leaves are pleasantly shiny and the flowers are white, try planting Mexican orange blossom in a white-themed or midnight garden where its attributes can be truly appreciated,” writes our contributor Kier Holmes. Read more in Gardening 101: Mexican Orange Blossom.

Native to Mexico, Mexican orange blossom will thrive in southern US climates from Arizona to Georgia, as well as in California.

For another flowering shrub with glossy leaves that can perform the same jobs in the garden (if you live in a warm region), see our growing guide for Camellias. (And see camellias in action in Landscaping Ideas: The Case for Camellias.)

Orange Flowering Shrub Stock Photos and Images

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  • orange ball buddleja, Buddleja glabosa, large flowering shrub
  • Abutilon ‘Orange Glow’ flowers in late summer.
  • Lady of Shalott, David Austin shrub rose. Beautiful fragranced apricot/orange flowers of an old English type.
  • A Philadelphus flowering in the Cotswold village of Hidcote Bartrim, Gloucestershire UK
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  • Close-up of the bright red, orange and yellow bell-shaped flowers of ‘abutilon megapotamicum orange hot lava’.
  • Orange poker flowering aloe with a turquoise sea backdrop growing in a waterfront restaurant in Loutro, south-west Crete, Greece.
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  • orange ball buddleja, Buddleja glabosa, large flowering shrub
  • Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’. Orange shrub Rose.
  • rhododendron (Rhododendron spec.), orange flowering azalea
  • Darwins barberry (Berberis darwinii) shrub in bloom with stunning orange flowers in Spring. UK
  • Darwin’s barberry – Berberis darwinii – an evergreen shrub with its colourful drooping racemes of rich orange flowers during spring in the UK
  • Buddleja Globosa Yellow / Orange Round Ball Flower
  • Azalea bush flowering May 2008
  • Flowers of Mexican Orange Blossom,, Choisya ternata, ‘Sundance.’
  • Leucospermum Proteus a flowering shrub grown in South Africa
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  • Orange Azalea, Rhododendron shrub garden flower
  • Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis) feeding on nectar in a flowering tree
  • Close-up of the bright red, orange and yellow bell-shaped flowers of ‘abutilon megapotamicum orange hot lava’.
  • Flowering orange Proteus_Flowers of Madeira in Funchal Market, Portugal.
  • Orange bell flower of the half hardy, lax growing shrub, Abutilon ‘Patrick Synge’, isolated on white
  • Rosa ‘Lady of Shalott’ / Ausnyson. English Shrub Rose
  • rhododendron satan,orange,red,flower,flowers,flowering,tree,trees,shrubs,shrub,RM Floral
  • Close up of Choisya Aztec Pearl flowering
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  • orange ball buddleja, Buddleja globosa, large flowering shrub
  • Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’. Orange Rose.
  • rhododendron (Rhododendron spec.), orange flowering azalea
  • Rosa Evelyn May flowering in an English garden in June
  • Darwin’s barberry – Berberis darwinii – an evergreen shrub with its colourful drooping racemes of rich orange flowers during spring in the UK
  • Small white flowers from a Choisya x dewitteana ‘White Dazzler’ (AKA Mexican orange) evergreen shrub in Spring in West Sussex, UK.
  • Orange flowering Rhododendron (Rhododendron molle), Saxony, Germany
  • Flowers and new leaves of Mexican Orange Blossom, Choisya ternata ‘Sundance.’
  • Leucospermum Proteus a flowering shrub grown in South Africa
  • Bright orange cordia flowering tree in tropical Darwin, Australia
  • Shrub Rose, Rosa ‘Westerland’
  • Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis) feeding on nectar in a flowering tree
  • Close-up of the bright red, orange and yellow bell-shaped flowers of ‘abutilon megapotamicum orange hot lava’.
  • Bright orange /red flower of Grevillea cultivar ‘Sunset Bronze’ – a popular Australian native flowering shrub
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  • Close up of Choisya Aztec Pearl flowering
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  • orange ball buddleja, Buddleja glabosa, large flowering shrub
  • Rosa Super Trouper ‘Fryleyeca’. Orange rose.
  • Mock Orange Philadelphus coronarius shrub flowering in spring
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  • rhododendron Keysii orange flowered shrub
  • Clerodendrum in Bloom
  • Orange flowering Rhododendron (Rhododendron molle), Saxony, Germany
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  • Leucospermum pluridens, Proteus a flowering shrub grown in South Africa

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