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How to Grow Murraya – Orange Jasmine

Orange jasmine, Murraya paniculata

Murraya–commonly called Orange jasmine–is a subtropical small shrub. It can be trained as a houseplant or bonsai. Its waxy, white, bell-shaped blossoms smell like orange blossoms.

Murraya has graceful, pendulous branches. Where winters are mild Murraya can be planted in hedges or as foundation plants. It can be grown as a small single- or multitrunked tree. It adapts well to training as a topiary or bonsai.

Get to know Murraya

  • Plant type: Evergreen shrub
  • Growing Zones and range: Subtropical
  • Hardiness: Tender, best in warm conditions at least 60°F (16°C)
  • Height and width: 6 to 15 feet (1.8-4.5m) tall and wide; grown as a small single- or multitrunked trees; can be grown as a houseplant with early pruning.
  • Growth rate: Fast 
  • Form and habit: Open habit, graceful branches 
  • Foliage: Small, dark green, glossy leaves divided into three to nine oval leaflets
  • Flowers: Waxy white, bell-shaped blossoms with orange blossom fragrance; small red fruits follow flowers
  • Bloom time: Late summer and fall, sometimes in spring
  • Uses: Houseplant; in warm-winter regions can use as hedge, filler, or foundation plant
  • Common name: Orange jasmine, Chinese box
  • Botanical name: Murraya paniculata
  • Family: Rutaceae
  • Origin: China and Southeast Asia
Orange jasmine, Murraya paniculata
Orange jasmine, Murraya paniculata

Where to plant Murraya

  • Plant Murraya in filtered light.
  • Murraya grows best in humus-rich soil; use all-purpose potting mix for container growing

When to Murraya

  • Set Murraya outdoors in warm weather.

Planting and spacing Murraya

  • Space Murraya 6 to 15 feet (1.8-4.5m) apart when planted in a hedge or as a specimen.

How to water and feed Murraya

  • Keep the soil evenly moist for Murraya.
  • Fertilize Murraya twice a month with an all-purpose fertilizer.

Murraya care

  • Clip Murraya as desired to shape the plant; adapts well to clipping can be trained as a topiary or bonsai.

Murraya varieties to grow

  • Murraya exotica is a dwarf variety well-suited as a houseplant, blooms are less profuse.

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