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Shrub- Mock Orange

Mock Orange - Philadelphus lewisii by Alvesgaspar - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Common Name:    Mock Orange

Botanical Name:    Philadelphus lewisii

Family:    Hydrangeaceae

Description:    Native to northwestern United States; fast growing winter deciduous shrub

Sun:    Full sun to part shade

Water:    Occasional to moderate

Soil:    Adaptable, drought tolerant

Habit and form:    6 to 10 feet high and wide, loosely branched, roundish

Flower type:    Ornamental clusters with sweet nectar smell like citrus


Flower color & bloom season:    White abundant flowers bloom May to July

Uses, if any, for plant and/or flowers:    Attracts birds

Pruning time & method:    Benefits with regular pruning to keep dense and full; every few years cut low to the ground, about a quarter of the oldest branches to rejuvenate

Comments:    Use for informal hedge or foundation planting




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