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MURRAYA paniculata 'Lakeview'

Image of Murraya paniculata 'Lakeview'

Forest & Kim Starr

Family

Rutaceae

Botanical Name

MURRAYA paniculata 'Lakeview'

Plant Common Name

Orange Jasmine

General Description

A mass of dark-green foliage year around, ‘Lakeview’ is most noticed when the fragrant, citrusy, white flowers dot the shrub heavily during the warm months. A selection of a large evergreen shrub from southern Asia that has become naturalized throughout southeastern Asia and Australia, it is commonly used as a hedge because of its upright yet rounded habit. It is often sold as a standard (pruned to a tall, bare trunk and a branching, leafy top) for patio containers.

The leaves are compound--made up of five to seven small, oval leaflets that are glossy dark green and slightly larger than those of the species. At branch tips anytime of year, when warm enough, tight clusters of white, five-petalled flowers appear, attracting bees and butterflies. The fragrance of the blooms is intoxicating, smelling of a sweet citrus, most intensely. The small red-orange berries that follow are eaten by birds, and will germinate readily, potentially leading to invasiveness in subtropical climes.

Grow orange jasmine in average, well-drained soils that are not highly alkaline. Full to partial sun is best, although broken light (as under palms or tall pines) is ideal in very hot climates. It has some tolerance of drought and light frost. Use it as a hedgerow or unpruned as a robust accent plant for a mixed border or foundation bed. Remove seedlings from under the mother plant, and investigate if this shrub is a prohibited plant in your region because of its reseeding tendency.

Note that orange jasmine is a host for an insect that spreads the deadly citrus greening disease. In Florida, for example, this plant and its cultivars are no longer sold to protect the citrus tree industry.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 12

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8'-15' / 2.4m - 4.6m

  • Width

    6'-15' / 1.8m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Southern Asia, India, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Ivory

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes