Provided for consumer information—Monrovia is not currently growing this plant.

  • Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Moderate grower to 10 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:pit-o-SPOH-rum to-BY-ra
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:8 - 24
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 10 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    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:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.