Murraya paniculata(Orange jessamine)

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Murraya paniculata, commonly known as orange jasmine, orange jessamine, china box or mock orange, is a species of shrub or small tree in the family Rutaceae and is native to South Asia, Southeast Asia and Australia

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Botanical Name Murraya paniculata
Common Name Orange Jasmine, mock orange
Plant Type Evergreen shrub
Mature Size 8 to 12 feet tall and wide
Sun Exposure Full sun to part shade
Soil Type Loamy, well-drained
Soil pH 6.6 to 7.5
Bloom Time Spring
Flower Color White
Hardiness Zones 10, 11
Native Area Asia, Australia
Toxicity Non-toxic

Orange Jasmine Plant Care

Orange jasmine can be trained into a small tree and can be used as a hedge, which will require pruning often when it is young, since it grows rapidly. In areas that are colder than USDA plant hardiness zone 10, it can be grown outdoors in summer but must be taken indoors to overwinter. Therefore, it is best grown in containers outside of zone 10 or above.



Orange jasmine plants require protection from hot, direct sunlight. Locate the plant where it receives morning sunlight and afternoon shade, or where it will get broken sunlight or dappled shade all day. Plants grown indoors do well in a bright room or on a sunny windowsill.


Plant orange jasmine in well-drained soil that is free of nematodes (roundworms). Well-drained soil is critical, as orange jasmine doesn’t do well in waterlogged soil. If your soil lacks drainage, improve soil conditions by adding organic material such as compost, chopped bark, or leaf mulch.


Water orange jasmine plants deeply whenever the top 2 inches of soil feels dry to the touch. As a general rule, once per week is about right. However, more frequent irrigation may be needed if you live in a hot climate or if the plant is in a container. Never allow it to stand in muddy soil or water.

Temperature and Humidity

As tropical plants, orange jasmine do best in humidity above 50 percent and must have temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, as they are not frost-tolerant. The plant can tolerate lower levels of humidity.


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