• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower to 10 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:pit-o-SPOH-rum to-BY-ra
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:8 - 24
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 10 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Design IdeasThis is perhaps the most versatile broadleaf shrub available today. Most often applied as a foundation plant along walls, houses and fence lines. Deep green makes it a perfect background for borders of dwarf flowering shrubs and perennials. Though it will take shearing as a hedge, it is more attractive left natural. With age, it reaches heights capable of producing a dense privacy screen around spas or in side yards. When grown near porches and patios, the abundant white flowers are capable of perfuming the entire space.
    Companion PlantsGrow Mock Orange for its low maintenance requirements with other proven evergreens for warmer winters. Use behind Indian Princess Indian Hawthorne, (Raphiolepis indica 'Monto'), African Iris, (Moraeairidioides), Lily Of The Nile, (Agapanthus africanus) and American Red Bush Lantana, (Lantana camara 'American Red'). Beautiful with deciduous Zuni Crape Myrtle, (Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Zuni') and for even more fragrance try Star Jasmine, (Trachelospermum jasminoides).
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Large seeds of this plant bear an extremely sticky seed coat which help them attach to any passing animal to help dispersal over a larger area.