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Sweet MockorangePhiladelphus coronarius

  • Sweet Mockorange - Philadelphus coronarius
  • Sweet Mockorange - Philadelphus coronarius
  • Sweet Mockorange - Philadelphus coronarius

This shrub is an old favorite, with its perfect white blooms and sweet scent. While perhaps not fitting for a more modern landscape, it is sure to bring up much nostalgia in a more traditional setting.

Hardiness Zones

The sweet mockorange can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–8. View Map

Tree Type

This is an ornamental shrub, typically planted for the visual interest and beauty it can bring to landscape.

Mature Size

The sweet mockorange grows to a height of 10–12' and a spread of 10–12' at maturity.

Growth Speed Fast Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a fast rate, with height increases of more than 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this shrub, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The sweet mockorange grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, rich, sandy and well-drained soils.

Attributes

This shrub:
  • Produces perfect, white, four-petaled flowers with a sweet scent in May to early June.
  • Features medium to dark green leaves that are ovate to ovate-oblong and 1½–4" long.
  • Develops orangish- to reddish-brown bark that exfoliates.
  • Transplants readily.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.

History/Lore

This shrub was cultivated in 1560.