Murraya paniculata hedge in full bloom

My nose detected a very strong sweet fragrance when I walked into my community garden after work two evenings back. The characteristic fragrance told me right away that it was from my hedge of Murraya paniculata plants.

This is the second time the plants are profusely blooming for me since I first planted them. The last time I remembered the hedge was in flower was early March this year. I was smiling for days then because the plants finally blossomed.

The hedge is grown right across the entrance of the community garden and whenever the plants are in flower, a ‘wall’ of fragrance is created. This wall will slam onto one when one walks into the garden. Actually, one does not even need to walk into the garden to smell it. The fragrance can easily be detected several meters away when one walks past the front of the community garden.

This fragrant shrub has common names like the orange jasmine, mock orange or mock lime because its white flowers resemble those found in the true orange/lime plant. This similarity is not coincidental and can be easily expected because both the Murraya paniculata and the true orange (and in fact, the true lime as well) all belong to the same botanical family, Rutaceae.

Only when the hedge is in flower, people would then start to take notice of the plant. Most of the time, visitors to the community garden would just walk in without paying much attention to the Murraya paniculata hedge. When not in flower, the hedge just appears like a plain, uniform and boring row of green foliage.

Due to the strong scent that is being emitted whenever the plants are in flower, visitors to the garden are often be ‘sent’ on journey to search for its source. After they find it, they would always be pleasantly surprised to know that the source of the fragrance is due to the profusion of white flowers that have been produced by the shrubs they have always taken for granted. What follow after the flowers fade are small, rather attractive, oval fruits that are at first green in colour which then turn orange and finally red when they are ripe.

The Murraya paniculata plants that are planted in my community garden have always been cut back severely to retain its form and shape to form the hedge by my Town Council. If left alone, it can actually grow up into a tree of more than 7m! One can only imagine the scent that will be emitted by a tree of this size is in flower!

Let’s take a look back in time when this hedge was first planted in the community garden from the picture below. That was two years ago and the plants looked like twigs because they were newly propagated plants bought from a local nursery! How pathetic! No one knew the lush hedge that they are enjoying today actually started out that way.

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10 responses to “Murraya paniculata hedge in full bloom

  1. I really enjoyed the before and after shots. In only 2 years what a beautiful hedge.

  2. Hi there,

    Thanks for the comment.

    Oh yes… It is a great difference that startled me when I went to dig and saw the picture of the hedge two years ago!

    The same sentiments experienced by you was felt by me as well! Two years and what a nice hedge has resulted!


  3. If you did not point it out when we saw it in school, I think I would not have noticed that the smell came from this plant..
    And yes, it smells pleasantly of jasmine =)
    Thanks for showing me the plant in real life, if not I guess it would be hard for me to relate the smell with this plant.
    Another knowledge imparted ^_^

  4. Hello – that hedge is truly delightful. I wonder if the butterflies find it attractive? We’re always looking for plants that will provide nectar for our butterflies.

    Jacqui, Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

  5. Tracey McGregor

    I am about to begin landscaping our new property and am wanting to use this fantastic plant again as the predominant hedge. Does anyone know where I can buy well priced, bulk murraya plants approx 30cm high without the crazy Garden Centre prices ??? (50+ plants initially) Thankyou

    • Good day Tracey,
      I am in the beginnings of a new landscaping project similar to yours posted Aug 21…..any lessons learned re Murraya purchasing (mature) & their upkeep??

  6. Tracey McGregor

    ….I am based in Hawkes Bay….

  7. I am looking to purchase an orange jammine(Murraya Paniculata) for my garden that grows to about eight feet’.I live in Florida and need to replace one that died.

  8. I would like to know if you are interested in selling me the orange jasmine or help us plant more orange jasmine. If there is a price, please quote. I need Orange jasmine for a project that I am currently pursuing. If u would like to know more details, I can be contacted at the following email.

    Thank you.

  9. Bernice Requenez

    I am interested in atracting Monarch Butterflies. Our garden is ion the central coast of California. Do you think we can get the same great results you did? Your garden and hedge are beautiful. Thanks Berniceo

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