Mock-orange is an old-fashioned, back of the border, mid-to-late spring flowering shrub with sweetly scented white flowers. Dark green foliage make attractive background for pure white flowers. It has limited ornamental value in other seasons, but the double-flowering cultivars are bringing popularity back to this plant.
- Deciduous (foliage falls off)
- Zone 5
- Zone 6
- Zone 7
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Partial sun (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Occasional drought
- Alkaline soil
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
- Small shrub (3-5 feet)
- Mixed border
- Mid spring
- Late spring
Typically a 5 to 8 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide shrub with loosly upright habit.
Tree & Plant Care
Best placed at the back of the border; smaller plants work well in perennial gardens, foundations or shrub borders.
Prune after flowering. Annual pruning is recommended to remove stems that tend to become leggy.
Disease, pests, and problems
No serious disease or insect problems
Native geographic location and habitat
Virginal mockorange is of hybrid origin
Bark color and texture
Peeling bark, orange to red-brown
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Leaves simple arranged oppositely (in pairs), oval, 1 1/2 to 4 inches long
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
White flowers with four petals; fragrant, 1 1/2 inches across
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Small, dry capsules (not ornamentally important)
Cultivars and their differences
Minnesota Snowflake (Philadelphus x virginalis 'Minnesota Snowflake): Fragrant, white, double flowers; larger than those of the species (up to 2 inches)