Photo of Choisya dumosa (Torr.) Gray overview foliage
Common Name Starleafed Mexican orange, Mexican orange, Fragrant starleaf, Zorillo
Latin Name Choisya dumosa
Native Habitat Shady slopes of Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts below 6,500 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, limestone, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water None to once per month in summer
Height X Width Maximum maximum 6 feet high, usual 18 inches X 3 feet
Protective Mechanism Aromatic oils discourage some browsers
Leaves Evergreen or dormant in winter, orange scented
Garden Suitability Fragrant, Thornless, Songbird, Moonlight, Butterfly
Ornamental Value White fragrant flowers mid-spring to early winter, fancy leaves
Nature Value Fruits eaten eaten by birds and other animals, flowers used by butterflies
Native American Uses None known
Links  
    Images and data http://museum.utep.edu/chih/gardens/plants/choisyadumosa.htm
    Images and data http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/nativeshrubs/choisyadumos.htm
    Images and data http://www.answers.com/topic/choisya
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choisya
    Image http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/1047420228038257023SvAQbA
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CHDU
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