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Choisya Ternata 'Sundance': Moved & Sulking

Hi All

Being a little impulsive I moved a Choisya Ternata 'Sundance' about 3-4 months ago IIRC. Its a largish size c.1m x 1.5m and it seemed to move AOK, however, this was before the onslaught of February and Marches cold conditions!! The leaves have wilted despite being watered and it is now looking a little sad to say the least!

There does seem to be a small ray of hope. I have noticed some new leaves growing at the branch tips (good sign?) and in the leaf axils there appear to be new leaf buds emerging (another good sign?).

Am I kidding myself that it will recover after a leaf drop or is it a goner! Any guidance or expert knowledge gratefully received image

Warm regards



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,145

    My choisya isn't Sundance but it's looking sad. Wilted and brown bits on the extremities of the branches. It always does this and recovers. The one I have growing under a tree doesn't do this. I'd leave it alone and see what happens

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Our choyosa sundance has not been moved, but I have taken cuttings which rooted well.  I suspect that the time of the move was a bit hard for it, as assuming you live in the UK, it was followed by some pretty horrid weater, and however well you did it regarding rootball etc., it has suffered.  I would prune it hard, it cannot make new roots, shoots and support the leaves it has already, mulch it with whatever you usually use for mulch and leave well alone.  As it has some new shoots it is trying, but can't do it all,  they are very forgiving and will recover if it can.  

  • Thanks for all your help folks. Very much appreciated image

    Verdun - there was a pretty good rootball but there were some roots poking out. I can't say that I didn't cause damage to the root system as I know there was a big b*gger anchoring it down and I couldn't dig it all out intact!!!!!

    I'll give it more time as suggested, lay off the water and give it a prune when the weather picks up a bit more. I 'm encouraged that all is not lostimage

    Have a great evening one and all.


  • Thanks Sam! I thought it was sleeping and wouldn't noticeimage

    Will definitely take cuttings - if it doesn't aspire to being an ex- shrub and give up the ghost! Lesson learnt!!!


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