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Natchez Mock Orange

Philadelphus x virginalis 'Natchez'

This fountain-shaped shrub is noted for its highly ornamental, large, white flowers, which carry a light fragrance much like the scent of orange blossoms. Branches are covered with lush green foliage for an attractive effect even when not in flower. Ideal as a seasonal specimen or when planted en masse to create a quick screen. Deciduous.
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Full sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationfil-a-DEL-fus x ver-jin-AH-liss
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasThis is a big fountain-shaped Mock Orange that stands tall at the back of any bed or border. Grow as a single specimen in a prominent part of the garden or use a matched pair to flank a fountain, treillage or work of garden art. Line them up for an intensely fragrant side-yard or backyard screen or as a green seasonal background for more colorful summer flowering plants. Certainly a candidate for any cottage or country garden.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth Habit15
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Fast Growing, Tolerates Road Salt
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsPeony (Paeonia); Forsythia (Forsythia); Lilac (Syringa); Clematis (Clematis); Daylily (Hemerocallis)

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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