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Natchez Mock Orange - Philadelphus - 3 Gallon Pot
Mock Orange are easy-to-grow old-fashioned flowering shrubs adored for their abundance of extremely fragrant white flowers that nearly cover the foliage in spring. The fragrance is reminiscent of orange blossoms, hence the name. 'Natchez' is unique in that it produces a profusion of 2-inch diameter flowers, which is quite large for a Philadelphus. It is also a stronger upright grower than other varieties. A spring delight in the garden! Get all the details below

Natchez Mock Orange - Philadelphus - 3 Gallon Pot

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SIZE: 3 GALLON POT


Natchez Mock Orange
Philadelphus 'Natchez'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone



Special Attribute

Mock Orange are easy-to-grow old-fashioned flowering shrubs adored for their abundance of extremely fragrant white flowers that nearly cover the foliage in spring. The fragrance is reminiscent of orange blossoms, hence the name. 'Natchez' is unique in that it produces a profusion of 2-inch diameter flowers, which is quite large for a Philadelphus. It is also a stronger upright grower than other varieties. Mock Orange can be grown as a large shrub or small tree and planted near windows, patios, decks and other outdoor living spaces where the sweet fragrance and pretty flowers can be enjoyed from close up. A delight in any garden where it will grow! 

‘Natchez’ was named by Alfred Rehder of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. It is a hybrid of two parents; P. lemoinei and P. coronarius, native to Europe and Asia.



Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 8 to 9 feet tall and 6 to 7 feet wide, the Natchez Mock Orange is a fine addition to a sunny flowering shrub border. It is also ideal for use as a specimen, in groupings, or as a colorful and fragrant hedge or background plant. A perfect addition to sensory and fragrance gardens, white theme gardens, cut flower gardens, and the cottage garden. Make sure to plant one near patios, decks, porches or other outdoor living spaces.

Suggested Spacing:  5 feet apart for hedges;  10 feet or more apart for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Natchez Mock Orange is exceptionally easy to grow in a moist but well-drained soil of average fertility and lots of sun. Some shade is tolerated however it will flower more profusely in full sun. Drought tolerant once established, however will appreciate a good weekly soaking during an extended drought in the hottest part of the summer. Can be pruned after flowering to control size or for shaping. Avoid pruning in fall or winter as Mock Orange blooms on old wood (the previous year's growth). Rejuvenation pruning is the favored method as it will encourage heavier budding and blooming. After flowering, simply cut out about 1/3 of the plants stems, starting with the largest first.

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  8-10'
Width at Maturity:  6-7'
Spacing:  5' for hedges;  10 feet or more for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Upright
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  2"
Flowering Period:  Mid-Spring to Summer
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes
Foliage Color:  Medium to Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full Sun, Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade
Water Needs:  Average, Low Once Established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  6.5 - 7.5 (Acid to Moderately Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat 



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