General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Strongly alkaline (8.5 – 9.0)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 8 to 10 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 8 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Other: 1/2 inch, dry capsule
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Sweet Mock Orange
  • English Dogwood
  • Mock Orange

Photo Gallery
Location: Meise botanical garden
Date: 2022-05-17
Location: central NC
Date: 04/19/2020
Location: Aurora, Illinois
Date: late May in the 1980's
flowers and foliage
Location: Meise botanical garden
Date: 2022-05-17
Location: central NC
Date: 04/19/2020

Date: c. 1800-05
illustration by P. J. Redouté from Duhamel's 'Traité des arbres
Location: Aurora, Illinois
Date: late May in the 1980's
a group in bloom on hospital grounds
Location: Aurora, Illinois
Date: 2008-10-28
lone shrub in an old house's foundation
Location: Aurora, Illinois
Date: winter in the 1980's
bare shrub group on hospital grounds
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2017-06-21
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2016-07-10
Location: Ankara, Turkey
Date: 2016-05-14
Location: Botanical Garden Delft (The Netherlands)
Date: 2016-07-16
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2016-06-17
Location: Meise botanical garden
Date: 2022-05-17

Date: 2015-05-17
Location: Medina Co., Texas
Date: April 2007
Sweet Mock Orange
Location: Medina Co., Texas
Date: April 6, 2012
Sweet Mock Orange
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 9, 2018 3:12 PM concerning plant:
    The Sweet Mockorange is native to southeast Europe and Asia Minor. It is an old-fashioned shrub that was used a good amount in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast USA in many landscapes from the late 1800's into the 1960's, and many are still alive. It grows to be a large, rounded shrub with stiff ascending branches that arch with age, and it is rather twiggy and gets straggly. It is noted as having very sweetly fragrant flowers in late May into early June for about 10 days or so. It does not develop fall colour. It is very reliable; not bothered by anything serious. Very few conventional nurseries offer this species now. The trend has been to have smaller Mockoranges that bear double flowers.

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