Choisya Royal Lace

  • A stunning new hybrid with delicate lacy foliage
  • Lime green to golden dependent upon the growing stage
  • A profusion of richly scented white flowers in the spring turning the plant into a white mound
  • Any well drained soils, not suitable for very exposed situations
  • Ideal on a Patio, likes full sun
  • Also in the garden border but may require fleece if very cold -10°C for the first year or so

This article by Graham Rice first appeared on his Royal Horticultural Society New Plants blog and is used with permission of Graham Rice and the RHS.

Since the arrival on the scene of Choisya ternata Sundance (‘Lich’) back in the 1980s, there’s been a steady succession of new choisyas. In June 2009 I brought you news of White Dazzler (‘Londaz’), then in April last year there was Choisya ‘Aztec Gold’. Now, there’s another, Royal Lace – and we’ve gone from two varieties to eleven different choisyas in just a few years.

Basically, the development of new choisyas has sprung from the popularity of the old ones. And, as a result of the fact that they’re especially popular in Britain, where the climate suits them very well, all the new introductions from Sundance until now have been developed in Britain – in fact most have been developed by just two plant breeders.

This latest, Royal Lace, was developed by Peter Moore, former propagator at the well known shrub specialist Hillier Nursery and now at Longstock Park Nursery in Hampshire.

The features that set Royal Lace apart are its uniquely neat and compact growth, it reaches only 75cm, combined with its slender golden evergreen foliage and its mass of fragrant white flowers in late spring. It’s similar to ‘Aztec Gold’, but noticeably more dense and compact and so ideal in a container – it would look especially good in a modern garden setting in a blue glazed pot.

Royal Lace enjoys any reasonable soil, plenty of sun but should not be allowed to dry out, especially in a container.


Genus Choisya
Species arizonica
Cultivar Royal Lace 'PMOORE06'
Category Evergreen shrub
Height & Spread 60 cm x 75 cm after 10 years
Plant Breeders Rights EU41455 Propagation for resale is illegal without a licence from the Agent
Colours Colours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline and may vary according to local conditions.
  • Chales Carr Lowaters Nursery 2014

  • Charles Carr Lowaters Nursery 2014

  • Choisya Royal Lace in my garden spring 2018

  • Choisya Royal Lace -Peter van R my garden Dec 2018

    Choisya Royal Lace in my garden Dec 2018

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