The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Rutaceae.

Murraya paniculata Jack (M. exotica L.)
Murraya A beautiful shrub that is easy to raise in containers and has extremely fragrant flowers that resemble those of the citrus bush. The fragrance of the flowers can be distinguished several feet away. The plant has beautiful foliage and can be raised outside in the South. Extremely hard seeds to come by.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Warm - minimum 60F in winter. As much light as possible. Shade from hot sun. Keep compost moist at all times - reduce watering in winter. Mist leaves frequently. Take stem cuttings in spring. Sow seeds.
Murraya exotica minima
Murraya exotica minima Dwarf variety of Murraya - Dwarf Orange jasmine with extremely fragrant flowers, compact shrub, good houseplant or blooming fragrant bonsai. This rare variety is very small and slow-growing, but blooms in very small size (2-3"). The shrub gets bushy but stays short 1-2ft tall. Very fragrant flowers year round followed by red fruit.

Seeds must be planted fresh, once collected. The ripe fruit is bright red. Very important: the red fruit skin and orange flesh must be carefully removed, and only a clean green "bean" should be planted. The seed inside the fruit is usually double, you may separate the halves - those are separate seeds. Be very careful, they are very tender - like a fresh green pea. Once planted in well-drained soil and provided with heat and constant moist, it should germinate within 1-2 weeks. Normally germination is around 100% if everything done right. Just remember, do not let the seed dry, and remove red skin - otherwise germination rate goes down or it will never sprout at all.

Murraya exotica minima

User-submitted additions and corrections:

Jeff Neale
14th Nov 2010
Murraya paniculata Dwarf variety is excellent for those who are into Bonsai. It is almost a natural bonsai in that it has dense foliage on a small compact plant and takes easily to the pruning regime needed for bonsai. However in a cold climate it should be kept indoors for winter so long as you give it good light.
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