Philadelphus coronarius 'Aureus'

Mock orange

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage, Scented flowers



Skill level


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Plant details

Of all the philadelphus species and varieties, P. coronarius is probably the most widely grown. It is a tough drought-resistant species from southern Europe and the Caucasus, cultivated for centuries and the source of many fine garden varieties. 'Aureus' is the best coloured form, with bright golden leaves that become soft greenish gold as summer advances, providing a long display of out-of-season colour in the border. The foliage is slightly tender and needs shelter to protect it from both late frosts and full scorching sunlight. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Hydrangeaceae

Genus: Philadelphus

Species: coronarius

Cultivar: Aureus

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Golden

Feature: Dramatic foliage, Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 250cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to take cuttings: June to January

Time to prune: July to August

Reader reviews


I have a mock orange which I bought as a twig with roots. In its second year it flowered very weakly. It's now 5 years old, is over seven feet tall, is very healthy and lush but hasn't flowered since its one flowering in its second year.

It backs on to a west-facing fence in not very good quality soil. I don't know what pH the soil is. It is fairly well sheltered.

I live in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.


Need to know a little more on the pruning side please ?/


I have recently moved into my fathers old house and there are 2 mock oranges in the garden that must be 25 years old !! they are only about 3ft high and looking very scraggy..i have thinned out a little of the old wood but i am scared to prune too much incase i lose them...they dont get full sun all day as i have a large fir tree that gives them a little shade at the hottest time of day, any suggestions please? i live in derby..
thanks for reading this


Please could you tell me how do I take cuttings from Philadelphus I've tried once but was unsucessful

Mr. Raspberry

I take a piece of the seasoned wood as opposed to the new fresh green growth. Cut just below a leaf joint and try and get a piece where the leaf joints aren't too far apart. Reduce the number of leaves to a few and dip in rooting powder (although not essential) and insert into a damp shady part of the garden and wait.



I bought a Mock Orange with other plants as a Special Offer, all with Bare Root, the other plants have come on well apart from the Mock Orange which is just a Twig? Can anyone tell me if it is dead or in the Deciduous State.

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