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Philadelphus inodorus

Previously known as:

  • Syringa inodora
Phonetic Spelling
fil-ah-DEL-fuss in-oh-DUR-us
Description

Appalachian Mock Orange is a deciduous shrub found in forests, woodlands and rocky bluffs. It is native to eastern and central USA and can be found in the mountains and Piedmont of NC. It has an upright rounded habit with branches that become more arching as the plant ages. The attractive white flowers bloom in small groups in summer. 

This shrub is easy to grow and is adaptable to different well-drained soil types. It is drought, heat and humidity tolerant. Use in a shrub border or as a specimen.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
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#bees#showy flowers#deciduous#drought tolerant#specimen#NC native#shrub border#native garden#food source nectar#food source pollen#humidity tolerant#food source hard mast fruit#mammals#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
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#bees#showy flowers#deciduous#drought tolerant#specimen#NC native#shrub border#native garden#food source nectar#food source pollen#humidity tolerant#food source hard mast fruit#mammals#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Philadelphus
    Species:
    inodorus
    Family:
    Hydrangeaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern and central USA
    Distribution:
    AL, AR, CT, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, KU, LA, MA, MD, MS, MT, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, WI
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts bees.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Erect
    Rounded
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    The fruit is a dry 4-sectioned capsule and splits open when ripe, typically available in June-August.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Flowers bloom April-May and are white in color. The 4-petaled flowers appear in clusters of 3. Each flower has between 60 and 90 stamens.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves are opposite, oblong to ovate, sparsely serrated, 2-4 inches long, darker green on top, lighter green on the underside. Although sparse, hairs can be found on the underside of the leaves.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Orange
    Surface/Attachment:
    Shredding
    Bark Description:
    Light brown, coarsely shreddy. Older bark is orange-brown.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gray/Silver
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Bud Scales:
    Enclosed in more than 2 scales
    Stem Description:
    Twigs are slender, light brown to reddish-brown, raised leaf scar, 3 bundle scars, hidden bud.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Heat
    Humidity