Mexican Orange 'Sundance'

Choisya ternata

Family: Rutaceae (roo-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Choisya (CHOY-see-uh) (Info)
Species: ternata (ter-NAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sundance
Additional cultivar information:(aka Brica, Lich)
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Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring


Grown for foliage



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

West Sacramento, California

Buford, Georgia

Chilmark, Massachusetts

Cheshire, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sumter, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Cedar Hill, Texas

Decatur, Texas

East Port Orchard, Washington

Lake Stevens, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 23, 2014, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

I adore is the sun in my garden! Handsome in whatever season or weather. The more sun it gets, the more its foliage turns into a bright yellow color. During spring it is covered with white lovely scented flowers. If you trim it a little back after flowering you can expect another flush of flowers later on. Very easy, relatively hardy and absolutely wintergreen..I mean yellow.

RHS has rewarded it with AGM.


On Jan 13, 2012, Pistil from Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I live near Seattle, zone 8 with mild wet winters, and mild dry summers. I planted this shrub in DRY SHADE, on the north side of a fence and a cedar. It grows very slowly, looks fabulous 365 days a year, and hardly blooms. No beam of sunlight ever hits it. The yellow foliage really lights up the spot. It is easy, I water it maybe twice a summer, and never have to do anything else to it. The one in the sun and wind looked straggly, then died.


On Mar 5, 2011, beazert from Decatur, TX wrote:

Stunning lime green foliage. Has been tricky to grow in the Dallas area--doesn't seem to like too much heat and sun, but grew fine in an enriched soil rose bed. Very hard to find, have had to mail order.


On Jan 2, 2010, PhillyLover from Philadelphia Suburbs, PA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have this plant growing in a large pot (22"?) out in front of the house. I keep it pruned to about 4' x4. Blooms usually starting in mid-April and the flowers last for about 2 weeks. Nice fragrance.

The foliage is beautiful and colorful 12 months of the year. In harsher winters, the tips do get some windburn and need to be cleaned up in spring.


On Oct 3, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

A striking evergreen foliage plant with brilliant golden-yellow three part leaves. Citrus-scented white blossoms from late winter to early spring. Does best in part shade. Can reach 6'.