Murraya paniculata, commonly called orange jessamine, is a small, tropical to sub-tropical tree or shrub that may grow to as much as 20′ tall, but is usually found much shorter (8-12′) and can be pruned as a formal hedge to as little as 2-3′ tall. It is noted for its glossy evergreen dark green leaves, strongly fragrant white flowers, and red ornamental fruits. It is native to China and India to Australia. Each odd-pinnate leaf typically has 3 to 9, ovate, glossy, dark green leaflets (to 2.5″ long). Fragrant white flowers (each to 7/8″ across) in terminal or axillary cymes bloom several times throughout the year. Flowers are most fragrant at night. Flowers are followed by ovoid, red fruits (each to 1/2″ long), each with 1-2 seeds.
Planting & Caring –
Grow in rich, moist, well-drained loams in full sun to part shade. Best sited in locations sheltered from strong winds. Tolerates an occasional light frost. Plants may be grown in containers that are overwintered indoors. Place containers in bright light in east, south, or west windows. Allow soil to dry between waterings. Propagate by seed or cuttings.