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Philadelphus pubescens (Hoary Mock Orange)

Hoary Mock Orange, Broad-Leaved Mock Orange


Philadelphus pubescens (Hoary Mock Orange) is a dense, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub of upright habit. In late spring to midsummer, it boasts a profusion of mildly fragrant, 4-petaled, white flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), adorned with a bouquet of yellow stamens. At the height of flowering, the shrub is literally covered in a mass of blossoms. Borne in clusters of 3-9 blossoms, they attract bees and other pollinators. The flowers contrast nicely against the foliage of ovate green leaves, 3 in. long (7 cm), with pubescent undersides. The gray bark exfoliates with age. Native to the eastern United States, Hoary Mock Orange occurs naturally in open woods, wooded slopes and stream banks. Requiring little maintenance, it makes a great background shrub and is suitable for screens and foundation plantings.

  • Grows up to 4-10 ft. tall and wide (120-300 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun to light shade in organically rich, moist, well-drained soils. This plant is tolerant of a wide variety of soil conditions as long as they are well-drained.
  • Great for shrub borders, foundation plantings, informal flowering hedges.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for leaf spot, canker, powdery mildew and rust. Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Blooms on previous year’s wood, so prune immediately after flowering.
  • Propagate by seed. Best if given 1 month cold stratification.
  • Native to the eastern United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Philadelphus - Mock Oranges
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 4' – 10' (120cm – 3m)
Spread 4' – 10' (120cm – 3m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Rocky Mountains, Wyoming, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles 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 6 – 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Philadelphus - Mock Oranges
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 4' – 10' (120cm – 3m)
Spread 4' – 10' (120cm – 3m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Rocky Mountains, Wyoming, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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