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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.
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
Skill level: Beginner
Time to take cuttings: June to January
Time to prune: July to August
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