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Care of the plant Murraya paniculata or Jasmine orange.

Care of the plant Murraya paniculata or Jasmine orange

The genus Murraya, family Rutaceae, comprises 12 species of trees and shrubs native to China and Southeast Asia. Some species are: Murraya paniculata, Murraya koenigii, Murraya alata, Murraya stenocarpa, Murraya microphylla.

Common names: Lakeview jasmine, Jasmine orange, Chinese box, Orange jessamine, Mock orange. This species is native to Asia and Australia.

They are evergreen shrubs of compact size and aromatic bark that reach 6-7 meters in height. The leaves are shiny, have a slight aroma and are oval, elliptical or rhomboid in shape. They produce white flowers, softly scented and grouped in terminal racemes. They bloom in mid-summer but can do so almost all year round. The orange or red fruits are very decorative.

They are used to form hedges, in pots (they bloom much less) for terraces and balconies and as a houseplant (in well-lit location) and as bonsai.

The Murraya paniculata needs full sun or semi-shade exposure and a Mediterranean, tropical or subtropical climate. They do not resist frost.

The soil must be well drained and contain plenty of organic matter. The transplant is done in spring.

Water abundantly during the summer; reduce watering the rest of the year in such a way that the substrate does not dry out completely (never flood).

Fertilize in early spring with compost or manure.

Prune in early spring to control growth and maintain a compact appearance.

They are plants prone to attack by aphids, whiteflies and mealybugs.

They are propagated from seed sown in spring or by cuttings in late summer.

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Murraya paniculata
Murraya paniculata
Murraya paniculata
 

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