Philadelphus coronarius

Sweet Mock-orange

Tips for Homeowners:

Prune for shape if shrub becomes unruly after it flowers.

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This shrub is prized for its showy and fragrant blooms in the spring and is ideal for growing in tough soils.

  • Loaded with pure white flowers in May/June
  • Wonderful fragrance
  • Exfoliating bark

Best to plant where it has plenty of room to grow as a hedge or screen.

Height: 10-12 ft
Spread: 10-12 ft
Zone: 4-8
Color: White

Interesting Notes about Sweet Mock-orange:

The flowers of the Mock-orange shrub are pure white and the sweet fragrance can rarely be matched. It blooms in late May into June and what remains of the season is a shrub ideal for the background of a landscape. The shrub can grow in heavy clay soils or nutrionally poor soils so there is purpose, but it spreads freely by putting up new shoots and should be used where it has room to grow and still be able to enjoy it in the spring.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Mass Planting
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Fragrant
  • Spring Bloomer
  • Naturalizing
  • Specimen

Foliage Color:

  • Green
  • Yellow


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water