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Sweet Mockorange

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Sweet Mockorange (Philadelphus coronarius) – A large, rounded shrub prized for its highly fragrant, large white blooms in early summer, fades into the background the rest of the year, best used in conjunction with other plants that will take over in summer; very adaptable and easy to grow.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
10 feet
Average Landscape Width:
10 feet
Growth Rate:
fast
Genus:
Philadelphus
Species:
coronarius
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
in late spring
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
leggy
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Flower Eye Color:
yellow
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

Sweet Mockorange is clothed in stunning clusters of fragrant white flowers with yellow eyes at the ends of the branches in late spring. It has green deciduous foliage. The serrated oval leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Landscape Attributes

Sweet Mockorange is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Sweet Mockorange will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

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