scentless mockorange Hydrangeaceae Philadelphus
inodorus L. symbol: PHIN5
Leaf: Opposite, simple, oblong to ovate, sparsely serrated to entire, 2 to 4 inches long, green above, lighter below.
Flower: Perfect, showy, white, solitary or clustered, about 1 inch in diameter, non-fragrant, appearing in late spring to early summer.
Fruit: Dry, four-parted capsule, 1/2 inch long, persistent.
Twig: Slender, light brown to reddish brown, raised leaf scar, 3 bundle scars, hidden bud.
Bark: Light brown, coarsely shreddy.
Form: Shrub, with an overall rounded shape and arching branches, reaching up to 10 feet tall.
Looks like: mockorange - mockorange - hoary mockorange - beautybush
Additional Range Information: Philadelphus inodorus is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting scentless mockorange.
More Information: Fall Color
External Links: 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