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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Origin: North America
Genus: Choisya
Species / Cultivar: ternata 'Sundance'
Common Name: Mexican Orange Blossom, Mexican Orange

Plant Biography

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.

Choisya ternata 'Sundance'
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 2-2.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 2-2.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

Occasionally the growth can revert to dark green. Be sure to remove this to allow the lime green branches to flourish.
Care & Size Guidance

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.


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