Deciduous, early summer-flowering shrub
Description: Arching branches bear racemes of richly scented cup-shaped, pure white flowers in profusion; finely toothed, bright green foliage
Habit: Grows to 10 feet high and 8 feet wide
Culture: Prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soil and full sun to light shade; suitable for dry soils
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 through 8
Attributes: Fragrant flowers, drought tolerant
This strong-growing, medium-sized shrub has long been in cultivation, since at least the sixteenth century, and is the most commonly known species. Its origins are obscure but it is believed to be native to Northern Italy, Austria, and Central Romania. Jefferson’s Garden Book entry on April 19, 1807 notes: “planted 9 Philadelphus coronarius, Mock orange in the 4 circular beds of shrubs at the 4 corners of the house.”
This plant will ship bare root. On year old cutting is approximately 18" tall and branched.
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.