Virginia Tech Dendrology

mockorange Hydrangeaceae Philadelphus lewisii Pursh Listen to the Latin symbol: PHLE4
Leaf: Opposite, simple, deciduous, ovate, 1 to 3 inches long, green above and paler below, margins nearly entire with a few glandular teeth on each side.
Flower: Perfect, showy, white, solitary or clustered, about 1 inch in diameter, fragrant, appearing in late spring to early summer.
Fruit: Small (1/4 inch), brown, 4-celled capsules.
Twig: Slender, opposite, tan, and widely dichotomous.
Bark: Light brown and shreddy.
Form: A loosely branched shrub up to 12 feet tall.
Looks like: mockorange - scentless mockorange - hoary mockorange - beautybush
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Additional Range Information: Philadelphus lewisii is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting mockorange.
External Links: USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson