Mock Orange Bush

Mock Orange  Philadelphus virginalis

Late spring-blooming deciduous bush. Not a true orange, its name supposedly derives from the fragrant white flowers which are thought to resemble that of orange blossoms.
An old-fashioned favourite.

Flowers: large white, fragrant flowers blooming in late spring.

Full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. Adding compost to the soil will help improve most issues. Somewhat drought tolerant, the bush prefers to be kept in moist conditions. Mulching the area around the shrub will help the soil retain moisture and minimize watering needs. Annual pruning will keep the plant looking good.
Since the shrub blooms on the previous year’s growth, pruning needs to be done soon after the blooming period in early summer. Simply prune off the growth just above the outer-facing buds on stems that have finished flowering. It is recommended that mock orange shrubs not be pruned or deadheaded after July to ensure blooms the next spring. Cut back the branches with spent bloom about 1/3 to 2/3 their length. Also, cut out any old or dead wood back to the ground.

Flowers: blooming is short (only about a week or two)

Foliage: dark green.

Height: range in height from 4-8 feet and have a natural vase shape.

Bought June 5, 2017 at the Farmer’s Market from a Mexican lady.

Planted in front yard near Bridal Wreath.

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