English Dogwood-‘Philadelphus virginia’
The mock orange (Philadelphus) shrub species is vigorous and hardy. Mock orange is planted for its profuse and sweetly fragrant spring flowers; after it flowers, it fades into the background. Spring flowering is brief, and the fall color isn’t notable.
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English Dogwood (Mock Orange)-‘Philadelphius Virginia’
Depending on the cultivar, Philadelphus virginalis shrubs grow between 5 and 9 feet high, with a spread equal to the height. Younger plants have an exfoliating bark in red, chestnut and orange colors, with tan or dark brown revealed as the bark peels. Philadelphus shrubs are easy to care for. They aren’t demanding about soil, though you should avoid wet soil. They grow best in moist, well-drained soil fortified with organic matter, such as compost. The species is tolerant of heat and cold, and prefers full sun or partial shade conditions for abundant flowering.
Mock orange has a tendency to become leggy without regular pruning. The flowers bloom on last year’s growth, so prune after the flowers are finished for the season. The shrub responds well to pruning and can be cut right down to the ground, or just thin crowded branches and old wood. Thinning the branches will expose the interesting exfoliating bark character of young growth.