• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast grower to 6 to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:fil-a-DEL-fus x ver-jin-AY-lis
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:2 - 17
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast grower to 6 to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleContemporary, Cottage
    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.
    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').
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    It was classified in the Saxifragaceae family by Linnaeus who named the genus for King Ptolemy Philadelphus of the 3rd century BC.