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Sweet MockorangePhiladelphus coronarius

  • Sweet Mockorange shrub - Philadelphus coronarius
  • Sweet Mockorange - Philadelphus coronarius
  • Sweet Mockorange - Philadelphus coronarius
Perfect, white, four-petaled flowers accent this sweetly scented shrub. Leaves stay medium to dark green season to season.

Hardiness Zones

The sweet mockorange can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–8. View Map

Tree Type

Mature Size

The sweet mockorange grows to a height of 10–12' and a spread of 10–12' at maturity.

Growth Speed Fast Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a fast rate, with height increases of more than 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this shrub, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The sweet mockorange grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, rich, sandy and well-drained soils.


This shrub:
  • Produces perfect, white, four-petaled flowers with a sweet scent in May to early June.
  • Features medium to dark green leaves that are ovate to ovate-oblong and 1½–4" long.
  • Develops orangish- to reddish-brown bark that exfoliates.
  • Transplants readily.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.


This shrub was cultivated in 1560.