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lewis mockorange

Philadelphus lewisii

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low - medium
full sun - part shade
upright
6 - 12'
white
summer

Photo credit: 

E. Conrad

Mock orange flower
Mock orange flower

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Mock orange tolerates full sun but is most beautiful with some shade
Mock orange tolerates full sun but is most beautiful with some shade

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Opposite-leaf foliage
Opposite-leaf foliage

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Mock orange flower
Mock orange flower

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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An adaptable, landscape friendly shrub with showy white flowers. Mockorange develops an extensive root system allowing it to thrive on sunny dry slopes as well as lowland streamside forest. The size and shape of a mockorange shrub will depend heavily on its growing conditions: in sunny sites they are denser with smaller leaves, and in shady sites they can be almost tree-like with larger, darker leaves. This species develops small seed heads rather than edible fruits, but the flowers are dense and showy. Plant with elderberry, chokecherry, hawthorn, and serviceberry for a wildlife-friendly thicket.