Mock Orange

Philadelphus x virginalis

Beautiful, extremely fragrant double white flowers on a fountain-like form. Striking landscape specimen. Useful as a screen or informal hedge. Effective background plant. Deciduous.
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Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationfil-a-DEL-fus x ver-jin-AH-liss
LoreIt was classified in the Saxifragaceae family by Linnaeus who named the genus for King Ptolemy Philadelphus of the 3rd century BC.
Average Size at MaturityFast grower to 6 to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasThis North American native has long been a favorite white-flowering shrub for colder climates. Big and bushy like Deutzia, its flowers are much showier and are great for night or all-white gardens. Coloring also provides a good neutral background for showier perennials and flowering shrubs. Line it up as a boundary hedge or use as an attractive screen. Also suitable as a foundation plant for elevated homes, where it gracefully covers footings, basement windows, coal chutes and other utilities.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage
Growth Habit15
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Road Salt
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsAs a border background, Mock Orange provides the ideal background for bold Double Red Garden Peony, (Paeonia lactiflora 'Double Red'), Fairy Tale Pink Daylily, (Hemerocallis hybrids 'Fairy Tale Pink')and Coral Bells Hardy Azalea, (Azalea 'Coral Bells'). Blends nicely in a semishaded condition with Red 'N Pretty Hydrangea, (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Monred') or group for fall color and extended bloom period with another white flowering beauty, Snowflake Oakleaf Hydrangea, (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake').

Prefers enriched, slightly acidic, well-drained soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, prune annually after flowering.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-7

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