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Plants We Love: Mock Orange (Philadelphus lewisii)

Mock orange (Philadelphus lewisii) is a tall shrub with fragrant white flowers.
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Plant name: Mock orange, Lewis's mock orange, wild mock orange

Mock Orange (Philadelphus lewisii)

Botanical name:Philadelphus lewisii

Virtues: Fragrant white flowers that smell like orange blossoms.

Flowers: Appear from late spring to midsummer. White, 1 to 2 inches wide and sweetly fragrant.

Habit: Loosely branched deciduous shrub reaching 6 feet or taller.

Season: Spring/early summer (for flowers).

Origin: Rocky slopes, pine woods, mixed forests from British Columbia to central California and east to Montana. It is the state flower of Idaho.

Cultivation: Grow in sun or part shade. Tolerates drought, but will produce more flowers in very dry areas if given a little supplemental water. Prune after flowering, cutting shoots back to strong buds or young lower growth. Cut some shoots back to the base. USDA Zones 5–8.

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