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Mockorange, Sweet Mockorange
The ivory-white flowers of mockorange have a delicate orange-blossom scent that perfumes the air in late spring to summer. This large deciduous shrub, native to southeastern Europe and Asia Minor, covers its arching branches with white four-petaled flowers so profusely that it turns more white than green. The leaves are toothed, oval, and green, and they alternate on the branches, which are red-brown. Fall color is an unimpressive yellow-green.
Grow sweet mockorange in full sun for best form and heaviest flowering. Shade causes plants to become leggy and sparse. This shrub accepts almost any fertile well-drained soil and tolerates a degree of drought. Plant it where passersby can appreciate its fragrance. Tall and dense, when grown in full sun, it's suitable for screening and ideal for the back of mixed shrub borders. Prune the flowering stems back just after bloom, and remove old congested growth in early spring.
There are several interesting cultivars on the market. The yellow leaves of 'Aureus' and the white-edged leaves of 'Variegatus' offer landscape interest after the flowers are spent.
9 - 4
4 - 9
A1, A2, A3, 1a, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
10'-12' / 3.0m - 3.7m
8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Asia
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Green, Dark Green
Dark Green, Yellow Green
Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
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