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Mock Orange

Philadelphus spp.

Also known as


Philadelphus Beauclerk1b.UME by Epibase (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Mock Orange Overview

Philadelphus are mostly deciduous, occasionally evergreen, shrubs that produce bowl-shaped, heavily fragrant white flowers. The flowers are draped on arching branches that compliment mixed borders, providing height and structure to a mixed flower border. Philadelphus earns its common name of Mock Orange, from the orange-like scent that its flowers emit. These scented species, in particular, have been extensively cultivated as park and garden plants for their ability to grow in a range of soil conditions (apart from very wet or dry) and they will survive temperatures down to minus 15. Clipping these shrubs straight after flowering will encourage fresh and colourful foliage for the remainder of the summer. Part of the Hydrangeaceae family, the Philadelphus genus contains around 43 species that are native to North and Central America, Asia and parts of southeastern Europe. Breeders have created many cultivars and hybrids with more abundant flowers, brighter colours and more potent scent.

Common problems with Mock Orange

How to harvest Mock Orange

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Mock Orange



Take softwood cuttings in early summer and hardwood cuttings in autumn or early winter.

Special features of Mock Orange

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Mock Orange

Grown for their usually fragrant flowers and bark

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