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Choisya 'Aztec Pearl'

PLANTS correspondent Peter Moore writes: "In the early seventies I was fortunate to be the Propagator under the late Sir Harold Hillier.

In his retirement he embarked on a series of plant collecting trips.

My main area of responsibility was growing on the seed and cuttings from these forays, as well as other material that arrived daily from nurseries and arboretums around the world.

In one consignment from a friend in Georgia USA was Choisya arizonica.

This species was first discovered in 1884 growing on limestone ledges over 1,300m (4,OOOft) up in the Santa Rita Mountains.

Hillier's first offered it for sale in 1976, listed as 'Something Old Something New'.

It is a peculiar shrub with slender grey pubescent shoots, and leaves divided into five linear leaflets which are leathery, glossy -green and toothed.

It was a long wait for the first flowers to appear, but plant breeding is a waiting game and eventually the delicate pale pink petals revealed their beauty - and a challenge.

To raise the first hybrid I ..... "

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PETER MOORE / PLANTS

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Posted: 20 April 2004
Last modified: 24 April 2007


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