Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’
Mexican Orange Blossom, Mexican Orange
Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ is a beautiful and much-coveted variant of the Mexican Orange Blossom plant with golden/lime-green leaves. The evergreen foliage provides year-round interest while clusters of white flowers adorn the plant in spring and sometimes again in autumn.
Although not closely-related to the citrus family, the flowers of Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ have a beautiful scent reminiscent of orange blossom, hence the common name.
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This cultivar of Choisya ternata was discovered by British nurseryman Peter Catt in 1978. He discovered a tiny variegated leaf low down on one of his plants and from this one leaf all subsequent Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ plants originate.
This variety’s bright, chartreuse leaves add a vibrant touch to gardens and landscapes. ‘Sundance’ is a testament to the appeal of variations within plant species and the horticultural exploration that leads to unique and eye-catching cultivars.
Care & Size Guidance
Caring for Choisya ternata ‘Sundance,’ the Mexican Orange ‘Sundance,’ is relatively simple. Plant it in partial to full sunlight in well-draining, slightly acidic to neutral soil amended with organic matter. Maintain consistent moisture, watering regularly but avoiding overwatering to prevent root rot. Apply organic mulch to conserve moisture and regulate soil temperature. While ‘Sundance’ is generally hardy, protect it from severe frost, and watch for common garden pests like aphids. With these steps, you can enjoy its vibrant foliage and fragrant blooms in your garden with ease.
Choisya ternata ‘Sundance,’ typically reaches a mature size of around 2-2.5 metres in both height and spread. This shrub’s compact growth habit makes it suitable for smaller gardens or as a focal point in larger landscapes.