Murrayas are a great alternative to the Box if you’re after a taller hedge with the Box look. Although it’s a bit of a waste to completely formalise them because of the production of flowers in Summer (and spot flowering throughout the year). They’re not stunning flowers to look at in the tradition of the Camellia, but the sweet orange blossom scent of the blooms is a fantastic attribute.
Getting the best of both worlds is possible by continually pruning to the right height, while letting the sides bush out a bit. You will find that Murray’s maintain their shape quite well without too much lateral pruning, and you’ll be rewarded with more flower production.
Biggest Positive: Easy care, disease free
Biggest Negative: Lack of foliage colour in comparison to other popular hedge plants
|Name||Murraya Paniculata||Orange Jessamine, Mock Orange|
|Size||Small - about 1-2cm wide|
|Fragrant||Yes - strong like Orange Blossom|
|Time of Year||Spring and Summer plus spot through the year|
|Ageing||Hard to Notice|
|Size||Height||1 - 2.5m|
|Width||80cm - 1.2m|
|Rate||Medium - Fast|