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. Thomas 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".