Choisya Ternata Sundance (common name Sundance Mexican Orange Blossom)
Choisya are lowish growing, bushy evergreen shrubs with beautiful foliage and fragrant white flowers in early summer. This variety is Choisya Ternata Sundance and it has very bright lime foliage with a golden hue which is very striking. As new leaves emerge from early spring to mid-summer, the foliage is particularly bright and striking.
Choisya Ternata Sundance, as with the regular variety dark green-leafed Mexican Orange Blossom, produces attractive white, fragrant and very pretty flowers in early summer. An evergreen shrub, it is particularly prized for its lovely golden lime coloured foliage. While this plant has many merits, being highly fragrant and a profuse bloomer once established, the key here is the gorgeous distinctive golden-lime foliage.
Although originating from Mexico, Choisya Ternata Sundance is hardy down to circa minus 10 degrees. In terms of height, it eventually reaches circa 2 metres tall by 2 metres wide.
Choisya is a popular plant here in the UK – both the regular Choisya Ternata variety as well as the golden-hued Sundance. As well as being UK hardy, Choisya due to its oily but fragrant leave, is deer resistant.
Use Choisya Ternata Sundance as a specimen shrub, as an accent plant or as a small hedge - for which it is very well suited as it prunes very well. Mix Choisya Ternata Sundance with the regular Mexican orange blossom (Choisya Ternata) to create a spectacularly visual and fragrant hedge where the deep green of the regular Choisya contrasts to stunning effect with the sunburst of Sundance.
Choisya Ternata Sundance also works well for under planting or for keeping in pots and has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit.