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Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile'

Mock orange

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (21364)

Plant details

Belle Etoile' is an arching, deciduous shrub. It is similar to another delightful mock orange, 'Beauclerk', but is more compact. It flowers profusely from late spring to early summer. The large, white flowers have a pale purple centres; the leaves are tapered and dark green. This is a good shrub for a mixed border. 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 has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Hydrangeaceae

Genus: Philadelphus

Cultivar: Belle Etoile

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-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: 120cm

Spread: 250cm

Time to take cuttings: June to January

Time to prune: July to August

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