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Mock oranges are common in older gardens, although they are regaining popularity with the introduction of dwarf and double-flowering cultivars. Richly fragrant, they offer a profusion of star-shaped flowers with yellow centers.

Latin Name

Philadelphus coronarius



Also Known As

English Dogwood

Type of Plant

Shrubs Shrubs

Bloom Season

May - June


Spring Spring


Max height Max Height: 8'
Max spread Max Spread: 8'


  • Flower Border
  • Hedge

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Drought

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies


    Native Range

    Southern Europe


    Washington planted a mock orange near the north necessary in 1785.

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden Bowling Green

  • Upper Garden
  • Bowling Green

  • Hardiness Zones

    4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b

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