Scientific Name: Philadelphus x virginalis
Common Name: virginal mock orange
Family Name: Hydrangeaceae
Origin: Garden origin
Hardiness Zone: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 °C)
Plant Type: Shrub - deciduous
Mature Size: 2 - 3m x 2 - 3m (height x width)
Habit: Irregular, Stiffly upright
Form: Vase
Texture: Medium - coarse
Landscape Uses: Fragrance, Summer interest, Tall background, Woodland margin
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Acidic, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Opposite, Soft flexible, Glabrous, Pubescent, Ovate, Serrate
Flowers: Raceme, White, Jun-Jul
Fruit: Capsule, Aborted (hybrids) or absent, Green, Brown, Sep-Oct
Key ID Features:
Tall upright shrub with exfoliating bark on upright stems, young stems glabrous; leaves opposite, blades 4-8cm long x 3-5cm wide, ovate, apex acuminate, base usually rounded, margins with 4-6 teeth, upper surface nearly glabrous but lower surface with dense hairs, petioles 5-10mm long; inflorescences usually cymose racemes or cymose panicles with (3-)5-7 double or semi-double florets, (3-)4-5cm wide, 5 petals to 16 (petals and petal-like stamens), sepals pubescent, style much shorter than the stamens, divided in the middle or nearly to the base, 6-8mm long, with small stigmas, blooms June-July for about 2 weeks.