Murraya paniculata

With Murraya paniculata, commonly known as the ‘Orange Jessamine’ being such an easy care plant it is no wonder it is so widely grown. Regarded as winter hardy in zones 10 – 12, this is a plant that can also be grown indoors given good conditions

Grown outdoors it makes an easy care low growing hedge, spacing should be at around 15 inches (40cm) apart for a low growing hedge and 20 inches for a taller hedge (2m).

Although some of these plants do produce small red fruit, they are not really edible. One issue with the plant is that they can self seed depending on variety, this makes them a potential weed problem

If you are growing them outdoors you should be looking for the sterile varieties that are now becoming available for sale. It is the foliage and the creamy white citrus scented flowers that are produced through summer that we grow this plant.

A few dwarf varieties have recently been released, even better for low hedges and excellent for smaller gardens. And yes you could grow Murraya paniculata indoors if you were so inclined.

You would need a warm sunny position and a well drained humus rich soil. A little regular pruning would keep the plant to a reasonable size

Murraya paniculata Care

Murraya are related to Citrus and will respond with similar care.

  • If you grow them in containers and overwinter indoors you need to follow a few basic steps.
  • Use a soil that is formulated for citrus trees in containers.
  • It should be free draining yet retain some moisture. One of the big problems with container grown plant is letting the soil dry to the point of desiccation.
  • Fertilize with a citrus fertiliser in early spring, water well before applying, and again after.
  • Make sure that when indoors the light is strong and filtered.
  • As soon as spring comes around, and the frosts are over, more the container to a morning sunny position on a patio or balcony.
  • In cooler zones consider using Choisya ternata instead. It looks similar, has fragrant flowers and is hardier in cooler areas.

Pruning

This will differ if you are growing indoors, or outdoors.

Outdoors Murraya paniculata is fairly fast growing, especially in the warmer zones.

You can use electric hedge trimmers. or hand shears. To keep the plant formal. you may need to prune once a month during the growing season.

Problems – Diseases

Very few.