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Philadelphus coronarius - L.
                 
Common Name Mock Orange, Sweet mock orange
Family Hydrangeaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Scrub and woodland on warm rocky hills and screes[50].
Range Europe - S. Austria, Italy. Possibly occasionally naturalized in Britain[17].
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary
Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Early spring, Late spring, Mid spring. Form: Rounded, Upright or erect.

Philadelphus coronarius Mock Orange, Sweet mock orange


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Philadelphus coronarius Mock Orange, Sweet mock orange
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Physical Characteristics
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Philadelphus coronarius is a deciduous Shrub growing to 4 m (13ft) by 4 m (13ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower in June. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay and nutritionally poor soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
P. pallidus.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Hedge;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Hedge;  Hedge;  Polish;  Soap.

The leaves are rich in saponins[169], when crushed and mixed with water they produce a lather that is an effective cleaner, used on the body, clothes etc. You can wash your hands by merely picking a couple of leaves or a bunch of blossom, wetting your hands and then rubbing the plant material vigorously as if it was a bar of soap[K]. This soap is a very gentle cleaner that does not remove the body's natural oils, but does remove dirt. It is not very effective against oil[K]. The leaves can also be used as a duster and a wood polish[6]. Plants can be grown as a hedge[29].
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Border, Cascades, Pest tolerant, Massing, Screen, Specimen. A very easily grown plant, succeeding in any moderately fertile soil, and also in thin soils over chalk[200]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Tolerates poor soils[200]. Succeeds in semi-shade but prefers a position in full sun where it will flower more freely[182, 200]. Plants are hardy to about -25°c[184]. The flowers are very aromatic[182] with a strong orange aroma[245]. Plants are very tolerant of pruning, one third of the stems can be cut down to the ground each year in order to promote fresh growth and heavier flowering[202]. Fast growing[202]. Plants are inclined to send up suckers and can form thickets[182]. Some named forms have been developed for their ornamental value[182]. Plants can harbour blackfly[202]. Special Features:Not North American native, Fragrant flowers, Blooms are very showy.
Propagation
Seed - best if given 1 months cold stratification[113]. Sow February in a light position in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm long side-shoots, July/August in a shaded frame. Plant out in spring. High percentage[78]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, 15 - 25cm with a heel, December in a sheltered bed outdoors. Fair to good percentage[78]. Layering in summer. Very easy.

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Conservation Status
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Elizabeth H.
Bob Brown Wed Mar 22 2006
A very useful site with exacting information. I have a question, my philadelphus does not have an aroma. what could cause this. it is 6 years old
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