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Philadelphus 'Sybille'

Mock orange

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

White

Feature

Scented flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

This is a beautiful deciduous, arching shrub that's at home as a specimen plant, in a woodland area or in a cottage garden. The pure white flowers have conspicuous purple markings in the centre and are deliciously fragrant. Masses of these flowers are produced in loose racemes from early to mid-summer and these are the real attraction of this mock orange. The leaves are oval and dark green. 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: Sybille

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: 120cm

Spread: 200cm

Time to take cuttings: June to January

Time to prune: July to August


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