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Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile' (Mock Orange)

Mock Orange 'Belle Etoile', Philadelphus lemoinei 'Belle Etoile'


Prized for its incredible fragrance, award-winning Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile' is a compact medium-sized deciduous shrub of great beauty when in bloom. In late spring to early summer, its elegantly arching branches bear a profusion of large, highly-scented, single white flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), adorned with a purple blotch at their centers. The blossoms stand out against the foliage of oval, dark green leaves. Introduced in the late 1800s by French plant hybridizer Pierre Lemoine, 'Belle Etoile' is still very popular today thanks to its better fragrance, longer flowering period and more compact habit than most other Philadelphus varieties. A lovely flowering shrub that deserves a spot where its fragrance can be enjoyed.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 5-6 ft. tall (150-180 cm) and 7-8 ft. wide (210-240 cm).
  • A full sun to light shade lover, this plant is best grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. This plant is not fussy about soils as long as they have good drainage. Drought tolerant.
  • Generally pest and disease free. Watch for leaf spot, canker, powdery mildew and rust.
  • Great for shrub borders, foundation plantings, informal flowering hedge.
  • Blooms on previous year’s wood, so prune immediately after flowering. May be cut to the ground to rejuvenate this shrub.
  • Propagate by softwood or hardwood cuttings

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Philadelphus - Mock Oranges
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 5' – 6' (150cm – 180cm)
Spread 7' – 8' (210cm – 240cm)
Spacing 84" – 96" (210cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Philadelphus - Mock Oranges
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 5' – 6' (150cm – 180cm)
Spread 7' – 8' (210cm – 240cm)
Spacing 84" – 96" (210cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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