Mock orange

Philadelphus coronarius 'Aureus'

Photo/Illustration: 
Daryl Beyers
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Mock orange (Philadelphus coronarius 'Aureus')
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Genus:  Philadelphus
Mock orange is an upright, deciduous shrub grown for its very fragrant, creamy white flowers that bloom in early summer. 'Aureus' has golden yellow leaves in spring that turn yellow-green in summer. Use in a shrub border or woodland garden.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Golden-yellow leaves in spring. Very fragrant flowers.
Care:  Provide moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. Prune after flowering by cutting back flowering shoots to strong buds. On older plants, one-third to one-fifth of old shoots may be cut back to the base. 
Propagation:  Softwood cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in autumn or winter.
Problems:  Scale insects, rust, gray mold, powdery mildew, and fungal spots are common.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Screening,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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