Murraya Exotica

Common Name – Murraya Exotica (Orange Jasmine, Chinese Box)

Plant Identification

Genus: Murraya
Family: Rutaceae
Species: Paniculata
Plant type: Small tree or shrub
Variety: Other names include Orange Jasmine, Chines Box
Note: Evergreen shrub or small tree with glossy, aromatic foliage, white bell-shaped flowers with a heady scent of Orange Jasmine.

Plant Images

Murraya Exotica

Murraya Exotica

Murraya Exotica

Murraya Exotica

Murraya Exotica covered in buds

Murraya Exotica

Murraya Exotica as Standards

Murraya Exotica with berries

Plant Descriptions

Fruit / flower: Red seeds/berries and white bell shaped flowers
Colour: White
Flowering time: Blooms repeatedly
Flower size: Small
Fragrance: Strong scent of orange blossoms
Height: Up to 2.5 m high
Width: 1.5 m wide
Foliage description: Paired leaves, glossy, aromatic foliage
Foliage colour: Light/medium green

Plant Requirements

Light preference: Sun to partial shade
Watering: Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Thereafter, keep it moderately moist.
Soil requirements: Minimum ph: 6.6 / Maximum ph: 7.5
Fertilisation: Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
Pruning: For a tidy appearance, shape it regularly.

Other Information

Propogation: Propogation is from semi-hardwood cuttings.
Other notes: Murraya exotica is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. The flowers are fragrant. Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings. Does very well in containers.

My Personal Experience with Murraya Exotica

My personal experience with Murraya Exotica in my garden is good. I have eight in pots and about another twenty in the ground in various spots in my garden. They are easy plants requiring little special attention. Slow growing, they benefit from composting and mulch application after which they grow quite vigorously. The scent from these plants is fantastic and the foliage is a rich, deep green which is lovely to look at even if the plants are not flowering. Keep them well watered and they will give you lots of pleasure.

What I have found with Murraya Exotica is that they do better if they have some sun. 4 that are in the shadiest area in my garden do less well than the others in terms of growth and blooms.

The only time I’ve had a problem with them is if I neglect to water them – one in a pot got attacked by aphids after it had not been watered. Other than that they have been problem free.

About the author: Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

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