Mock Orange (Philadelphus lewisii): Bundle of 10

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Sold in bundles of 10.

At a Glance: Erect, loosely branched shrub with large fragrant white flowers.

Height: Up to 10 feet (3 meters).
Stems: Brown bark, checking and eventually flaking off.
Leaves: Opposite arrangement; oval to egg-shaped with 3 major veins stemming from leaf base, margins essentially smooth but with some young leaves being toothed; size: 3-5 cm (1-2 in) long; color: green.
Flowers: 4 petals; numerous stamens; 3-15 in clusters at the end of lateral branches; size: 2-3 across.
Flowering Period: May, June, July.
Fruits: Woody, 4-chambered capsules; shape: oval; size: 1 cm long.

Conservation Uses: Mock Orange is an excellent soil and streambank stabilizer, and an important wildlife species.The shrub has showy and aromatic flowers and has horticulture potential in native plant gardens. Highly adaptable.

Helpful Tips: For best blooming, some people prune the blooms after it has finished flowering.  As with any new planting, it should be watered during the dry season for the first 2-3 years until it becomes established. Plants should be spaced 4 feet apart and one should expect some mortality.

Ethnobotany: The Saanich used the wood for bows and arrows. The Lummi made combs, netting shuttles, and recently knitting needles. The Cowlitz also used the wood to make combs. The Skagit used the wood to make arrow shafts. The leaves and flowers can create lather and the Snohomish and Cowlitz used them to cleanse the skin.

Sun/Shade Tolerance Hydrology Elevation Range
full sun > 80%
 mostly sunny 60%-80%
 partial sun and shade 40%- 60%
 mostly shady 60%-80%
 full shade > 80%
 wet
 moist
 dry
 low elevation
 mid elevation
 sub-alpine
 high elevation
Soil Preferences
Can tolerate several soil types.
 sandy soils
 gravelly soils
 clay soils
 muddy soils
 peaty soils
 well drained soils
 shallow soils
 deep soils
 acidic soils
 basic soils
 humic soils
 nutrient rich soils
 nutrient poor soils
 mineral soils
 organic soils
Wildlife Value
 Berries
 Seeds
 Nectar for hummingbirds
 Nectar for butterflies
 Host for insect larvae
 Thickets and shelter
 Thorny or protective cover
Birds: Birds known to eat the seeds include catbirds, grosbeaks, juncos, thrushes, bluebirds, chickadees, flickers, finches, quail, and grouse.
Insects: Swallowtail, common wood nymph, and other butterflies harvest the nectar.
Mammals: Deer and elk browse the shrub.

References:

Pojar, Jim, and Andy MacKinnon. Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska. Revised ed. Redmond, Wash.: B.C. Ministry of Forests and Lone Pine Pub., 2004. Print.

“Sound Native Plants.” Sound Native Plants. Web. 31 Oct. 2014. <www.soundnativeplants.com>.