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How to Grow Murraya – Orange Jasmine

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Murraya–commonly called Orange jasmine–is a subtropical small shrub. It can be trained as a houseplant or bonsai. Its waxy, white, bell-shaped blossoms smell like orange blossoms.

Murraya has graceful, pendulous branches. Where winters are mild Murraya can be planted in hedges or as foundation plants. It can be grown as a small single- or multitrunked tree. It adapts well to training as a topiary or bonsai.

Get to know Murraya

  • Plant type: Evergreen shrub
  • Growing Zones and range: Subtropical
  • Hardiness: Tender, best in warm conditions at least 60°F (16°C)
  • Height and width: 6 to 15 feet (1.8-4.5m) tall and wide; grown as a small single- or multitrunked trees; can be grown as a houseplant with early pruning.
  • Growth rate: Fast 
  • Form and habit: Open habit, graceful branches 
  • Foliage: Small, dark green, glossy leaves divided into three to nine oval leaflets
  • Flowers: Waxy white, bell-shaped blossoms with orange blossom fragrance; small red fruits follow flowers
  • Bloom time: Late summer and fall, sometimes in spring
  • Uses: Houseplant; in warm-winter regions can use as hedge, filler, or foundation plant
  • Common name: Orange jasmine, Chinese box
  • Botanical name: Murraya paniculata
  • Family: Rutaceae
  • Origin: China and Southeast Asia
Orange jasmine, Murraya paniculata
Orange jasmine, Murraya paniculata

Where to plant Murraya

  • Plant Murraya in filtered light.
  • Murraya grows best in humus-rich soil; use all-purpose potting mix for container growing

When to Murraya

  • Set Murraya outdoors in warm weather.

Planting and spacing Murraya

  • Space Murraya 6 to 15 feet (1.8-4.5m) apart when planted in a hedge or as a specimen.

How to water and feed Murraya

  • Keep the soil evenly moist for Murraya.
  • Fertilize Murraya twice a month with an all-purpose fertilizer.

Murraya care

  • Clip Murraya as desired to shape the plant; adapts well to clipping can be trained as a topiary or bonsai.

Murraya varieties to grow

  • Murraya exotica is a dwarf variety well-suited as a houseplant, blooms are less profuse.

Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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