Thursday, January 22, 2009
Murraya paniculata (Orange Jessamine)
Other name: Mock Orange, Satinwood
Orange Jessamine is a small, tropical, evergreen tree or shrub growing up to 7 m tall. Its leaves are glabrous and glossy, occurring in 3-7 oddly pinnate leaflets which are elliptic to cuneate-obovate to rhombic. Flowers are terminal, corymbose, dense and fragrant. Petals are 12-18 mm long, recurved and white (or fading cream). The fruit of Murraya paniculata is fleshy, oblong-ovoid, coloured red to orange, and grows up to 1 inch in length. M. paniculata is cultured as an ornamental tree or hedge because of its hardiness, wide range of soil tolerance. It is very easy to grow. It is native to South-East Asia.
How to grow
Sow the seed 1/2 inch deep directly on the well-drained and moist soil, barely cover the seed with soil. The seed will germinate about 7-10 days. Place the seedling in shade area with filtering sun. You can transplant the seedling when it reach 1 foot tall. Water regularly will promote grow and flowering upon mature. Need frost-free climate. You can move it indoor during winter.