This evergreen rounded shrub with its rich glossy green foliage is such a familiar sight in gardens here. It is most often used as hedging ... but in my garden these shrubs stand alone in the outdoor garden beds.I have several that are rapidly turning into very tall shrubs and a couple of the miniature version.
It's commonly called 'Mock Orange' for two reasons really ...Murraya is in the same family as Citrus so when you crush the leaves there is a citrusy smell. But it also has flowers that look a lot like orange blossoms.
They are gorgeous little creamy white flowers, but it is the sweet heady scent from these blooms that is the real feature of this shrub and makes it such a fantastic choice for a tropical garden.
The scent fills the air from late spring right through summer when this shrub is covered in these highly perfumed white flowers. It's a highlight of my day when I'm sitting on the verandah and the scent wafts up from the garden bed below. This photo shows one of the miniature Murrayas in amongst a bed of pentas.
Another of this shrub's fantastic features is that it will literally grow anywhere ... full sun, shade, in almost any soil type and it will tolerate drought, humidity as well as torrential rain. However, that is also it's big drawback ... it can become widespread very quickly. It's considered an environmental weed in my region and often pops up all over my property. The flowers are followed by small bright orange-red berries and these are a very attractive snack for birds and they then disperse the seed far and wide.
I haven't as yet pulled out any of the new plants as I'm quite happy to get more of them for free!