Choisya x dewitteana 'Aztec Pearl'

Aztec Pearl Mexican Orange

Leaves and flowers

Leaves and flowers


Family: Rutaceae

Genus: Choisya

Parent: Choisya x dewitteana

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: (7b)8 to 9

Size: 3' tall and wide but 8' according to the RHS

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade, Shade


Dark green leaves with three to five narrow leaflets, linear. Fragrant flowers in late spring and again in autumn. Buds have a pink tint with white flowers, star-shaped, in axillary comes of three to six flowers. Needs shelter from cold winds. Grows slowly at first. Dirr seems to think it is 7 to 9 zones. Easy, reliable shrub - McIndoe. Light sandy loamy soil, well-drained. Damaged by heavy frost.


Choysia dumosa var. arizonica x Choisya ternata

Bred by Peter Moore of Longstock Park Nursery in England in 1982 for Hillier Nurseries.

RHS Award of Garden Merit 2002, Award of Merit 1990.

My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Woodlanders in February 2013. I planted it in the Screen Porch Garden in a new raised bed in April 2013. It did fine until the warm weather came and then it just melted away.

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