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Philadelphus microphyllus (Littleleaf Mock Orange)

Littleleaf Mock Orange, Mock Orange

philadelphus microphyllus, Littleleaf Mock Orange, Mock Orange, White flowers, Fragrant shrub, Flowering Shrub
philadelphus microphyllus, Littleleaf Mock Orange, Mock Orange, White flowers, Fragrant shrub, Flowering Shrub

Noted for its excellent drought tolerance, Philadelphus microphyllus (Littleleaf Mock Orange) is a multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub with long arching stems clothed with tiny, almost boxwood-like, medium-green leaves. Flowering for several weeks in late spring to early summer, a profusion of very fragrant, small, white flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), are borne singly or in pairs. The bark is tan to reddish-gray and peeling. Showy, low maintenance, and easy to grow, Littleleaf Mock Orange makes a great background shrub or specimen plant.

  • Grows up to 4-5 ft. tall and wide (120-150 cm).
  • A full sun to partial shade lover, this plant is easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions except for poorly-drained ones. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Great for shrub borders, foundation plantings, and informal flowering hedges.
  • Generally pest and disease free. Keep an eye out for leaf spot, canker, powdery mildew, and rust.
  • Blooms on previous year’s wood, so prune immediately after flowering.
  • Native to the southeastern U.S. from Wyoming to southern California and Texas.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 7, 10, 14, 15, 16, 18
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Hydrangeaceae
Genus Philadelphus
Common names Mock Orange
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spread 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spacing 48" - 60"
(120cm - 150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Colorado
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Philadelphus pubescens (Hoary Mock Orange)
Philadelphus inodorus (Scentless Mock Orange)
Philadelphus coronarius (Mock Orange)
Philadelphus coronarius ‘Variegatus’ (Variegated Mock Orange)
Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aureus’ (Mock Orange)
Philadelphus lewisii (Wild Mock Orange)

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Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s Mantle)
Rosa Gertrude Jekyll (English Rose)

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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.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 7, 10, 14, 15, 16, 18
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Hydrangeaceae
Genus Philadelphus
Common names Mock Orange
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spread 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spacing 48" - 60"
(120cm - 150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Colorado
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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