Murraya paniculata (CRC 1637)
Hawaiian mock orange
Photos by David Karp and Toni Siebert, 12/4/2008, CVC. Photo rights.
Source: Received as a live plant from W.T. Swingle, Date Garden, Indio, CA, 1926.
Parentage/origins: Parents unknown
Rootstocks of accession: own roots
Season of ripeness at Riverside: May to June
Season of flowering at Riverside: February to November
Notes and observations:
Plants brought over from Indio by Roy Nixon.
EMN, 12/22/1987: An attractive compact shrub or small tree. Small green fruits present.
EMN, 1/20/1989: Most blossoms fell without setting fruit. Fruit is about the size of a pencil eraser at maturity, bright orange-red. Sweet flavor but not particularly palatible.
Description from The Citrus Industry Vol. 1 (1967):
Kurz (1877, vol. 1, p. 190) described this species as follows: "An evergreen tree, 15-25 ft. [4.6-7.6 m] high, trunk 6-8 ft. [1.8-2.4 m] high, 1 1/2-2 ft. [46-61 cm] diam., the young shoots puberulous; leaves unpaired-pinnate or occasionally pinnately 3-foliolate, glossy, glabrous, or sometimes the rachis puberulous; leaflets alternate, cuneate-obovate or almost obliquely rhomboid, shortly petioluled, blunt or bluntish acuminate, 1-1 l/2 in. [2.5-3.8 cm] long, coriaceous; flowers rather large, white, in dense but small, almost sessile terminal corymbs; petals about 1/2-3/4 in. [13-18 mm] long, recurved; stamens 10, alternately shorter; ovary 2-celled, the style long with a capitate glandular stigma; berries ovoid-oblong, bluntish acuminate, nearly 1/2 in. [13 mm] long, orange-coloured, 1-2-seeded; seeds villous."
Availability: Not commercially available through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program. Please check with your local nursery.
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