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