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Philadelphus 'Virginal'

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 (23394)

Plant details

The large, white, deliciously fragrant flowers are what earns mock orange a place in the garden. This variety has double blooms that are produced in loose racemes from early to mid-summer. It is a deciduous, upright shrub that's fully hardy, but very vigorous, so needs to be given plenty of room to grow. The leaves are oval and dark green. To keep plants in shape, cut back shoots to a strong buds every year after flowering. On older plants, also 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.

Family: Hydrangeaceae

Genus: Philadelphus

Cultivar: Virginal

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: 300cm

Spread: 250cm

Time to take cuttings: June to January

Time to prune: July to August

Flowering period: June to July

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can i use this shrub as a hedge

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