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Bare Root Lewis's Mockorange (Philadelphus lewisii)

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Deciduous, early summer-flowering North American shrub
Description:  Arching branches bear racemes of 5-11 cup-shaped, pure white, fragrant flowers in profusion; finely toothed, bright green foliage
Habit:  Grows to 10 feet high and wide
Culture:  Prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade
Hardiness:  USDA Zones 5 through 8
Origin:  Western North America
Attributes:  Fragrant Flowers

Meriwether Lewis first collected specimens of this showy plant on the Kooskoosky River in 1806, and the botanist Frederick Pursh later named this Philadelphus species after the explorer.  It is native from British Columbia to California and was being cultivated in the eastern United States by 1823.  Also known as syringa, this Mockorange is the state flower of Idaho.

This plant will ship bare root. zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8

Bare root planting tips:

  • If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
  • Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site.  You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
  • Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing.  Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.

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