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Mock Orange
Catalogue A# 0099-188  AH6
GPD 45D 43' 46" N / 108D 37' 24" W


Philadelphus x virginalis 'Natchez'

Family: Sazifragaceae

Origin: Hybrid

Location: Southeast of Red Panda viewing station, behind fence

Number in accession: 1

Note: Re-discovered 2018 by volunteer Jerry Dalton

​Mock-orange is an old-fashioned, back of the border, late spring to early summer flowering shrub with sweetly scented white flowers. Dark green foliage makes an attractive background for pure white flowers.  It has limited ornamental value in other seasons, but the double-flowering cultivars are bringing popularity back to this plant. 

Tree or Plant Type: Shrub
        Foliage: Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
        Native Locale: Non-native
        Landscape Uses: Hedge, Mixed border, Screen, Specimen
        Size Range: Medium shrub (5-8 feet), Small shrub (3-5 feet), Low-growing shrub (under 3 feet)
        Light Exposure: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
        Hardiness Zones: Zone 5 (Chicago), Zone 6, Zone 7
        Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained soil
        Season of Interest: Mid spring, Late spring
        Flower Color & Fragrance: Fragrant, White
        Shape or Form: Mounded, Multi-stemmed, Upright
        Growth Rate: Fast
More Information:
Typically a 5 to 8 feet high and wide shrub with a loosly upright habit.
Cultivars are more compact and smaller in size.
Tree & Plant Care
Best in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter added.
Best placed at the back of the border; smaller plants work well in perennial gardens, foundations or shrub borders.
Prune after flowering.  Annual pruning is recommended to remove stems that tend to become leggy.
Disease, pests, and problems
Scale, rust, powdery mildew
Native geographic location and habitat
Virginal mockorange is of hybrid origin
Bark color and texture 
Orange to red-brown, older stems have exfoliating bark.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Opposite, 1 1/2 to 4 inches long and 2 inches wide, dark green with pointed tips.
Fall color is yellow-brown.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Four petaled, 1 1/2 inches across with many yellow stamens;  bright white; fragrant.
Many cultivars have bright white double flowers
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Small, 4-valved dry capsule, persistant into winter months​

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