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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Choisya White Dazzler

Posted by Graham Rice on 05 Jun 2009 at 02:43 PM

Choisya x dewitteana White Dazzler ('Londaz'). Image: ©Peter MooreThis is a plant that takes choisyas to a new level. We all love the long flowering season and orange-blossom fragrance of Choisya ternata and then there was the yellow leaved ‘Sundance' and narrow-leaved ‘Aztec Pearl'. Now we have Choisya x dewitteana White Dazzler (‘Londaz').

Another from the superb shrub breeding of former Hilliers propagator Peter Moore, now at Longstock Park Nursery, this is a three way hybrid resulting in a neat and dense growing evergreen shrub with small and slender foliage. In early spring and again in autumn it's covered with a vast profusion of fragrant white flowers.

What's more, it's delightful even when it's not in flower and needs little or no pruning to make an attractive shrub for mixed borders, large containers or even as an informal hedge.

Choisya x dewitteana White Dazzler ('Londaz'). Image: ©Peter MooreWhite Dazzler (‘Londaz') is a hybrid between Choisya dumosa, native to New Mexico and Texas, and Peter's earlier variety ‘Aztec Pearl' which is itself a hybrid of  C. ternata, from south west Mexico, and C. dumosa var. arizonica from Arizona.

Peter Moore has brought these three different plants from different parts of the south west USA and Mexico together to create another in his succession of fine evergreen shrubs which are unexpectedly hardy considering the climate in which their parents are native.

Choisya x dewitteana White Dazzler (‘Londaz') had only limited availability last year, though some Wyevale Garden Centres - it was Wyevale's Sue Jenkins who came up with the name. Now it's available in all major garden centre chains and good independent garden centres and from these RHS Plant Finder nurseries.



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