From California Natives Wiki
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'
- 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.