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Philadelphus lewisii

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Philadelphus lewisii
Philadelphus lewisii
Philadelphus lewisii
Philadelphus lewisii
Philadelphus lewisii
Philadelphus lewisii

Species Name: Philadelphus lewisii
Common Name: Mock Orange

Flowers appear in ornamental clusters and have sweet nectar smell like citrus flowers. Attractive foliage and rapid growth. Use as informal hedge or foundation planting. Attracts birds.

Plant Family: Philadelphaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 6-10' H x 6-10' W
Growth Habit: Loosely branched, roundish
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Occasional to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 4500'
Flower Season: May - July
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Northwestern California, Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada
Natural Habitat: Rocky slopes and canyons in Foothill Woodland and Yellow Pine Forest at 1000' to 4500'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Deciduous shrub 4 to 8 feet high of loosely branching habit, with many slender shoots and light green foliage. The white fragrant flowers appear abundantly from May to July. Will thrive in sun or partial shade, but requires some water during the summer. A very desirable shrub. Gallon cans, 50c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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