Philadelphus 'Beauclerk'

Mock orange

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


photo by Mark Bolton, copyright GAP Photos (260385)

Plant details

Taller forms of mock orange are an essential ingredient of the summer shrubbery, their shoots laden with gleaming white blooms arching over plants in front and filling the still air with their scent of orange blossom. 'Beauclerk' is a popular shrub, bred from two equally beautiful varieties, 'Sybille' and 'Burfordensis', and bears single 5cm (2in) white blooms, each with a light cerise zone around the stamens. Cut back shoots to a strong bud each year after flowering. On older plants, remove roughly a quarter of the oldest branches each year to encourage new growth. To propagate, take softwood cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in autumn or winter. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Hydrangeaceae

Genus: Philadelphus

Cultivar: Beauclerk

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 240cm

Spread: 210cm

Time to take cuttings: June to January

Time to prune: July to August

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