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Murraya paniculata, commonly called Orange Jessamine, Chinese box, Mock orange, Mock lime, Satinwood and Nguyệt quế in Vietnamese language is a tropical, evergreen plant bearing small, white, scented flowers, which is grown as an ornamental tree or hedge.
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, few-flowered, 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 (M. paniculata may grow in alkaline, clayey, sandy, acidic and loamy soils), and is suitable for larger hedges. The plant flowers throughout the years and produces small, fragrant flower clusters which attract bees, while the fruits attract small fructivorous birds.
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