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Starleaf Mexican Orange

Choisya dumosa var. arizonica

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Shrub
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
3-4' × 3-4'
Freeze Tolerant Yes
Flowering Season April-June
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range 0-10 °F
Leaf Description Palmate (arranged like a palm) with up to 13 leaflets
Fruit Gland dotted fruits with several chambers
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Elevation Range 3500-6000 ft.
Description This species is not particularly common in cultivation, but makes for an incredible landscape shrub with a beautiful show of fragrant white flowers. In Arizona this plant can be found in the sky islands of the southeastern part of the state but it may be appropriate for cultivation in mid elevation gardens across the state. Plants are found in full sun or light shade and frequently propagate from stems which root in where they lay on the ground. Flowers are fragrant and reminiscent of citrus blooms, fruits are multi chambered and glandular, leaves are divided into numerous narrow leaflets forming a hand shape. This is a plant which deserves much wider use in landscapes!