Mock-Orange (wáxwaz’)

A twiggy, loosely-branched shrub with small, bright green leaves and lots of fragrant white flowers.

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Description
Latin Name Philadelphus lewisii
Type Shrub
Description A twiggy, loosely-branched shrub with small, bright green leaves and lots of fragrant white flowers.
Height and Spread 3 m (10 ft.) 2 m (6.5 ft.)
Bloom Colour Creamy white
Bloom Months June
Foliage Colour Bright green
Seed Months September
Light and Water Full sun Water infrequently during hot dry weather.
Ethnobotany Information The exceptionally strong and hard wood was used for arrows and digging sticks. The leaves and flowers foam up when rubbed with the hands; this was used as soap.
Wildlife Uses Mock-orange provides excellent cover and habitat for wildlife. Deer and elk browse the stems. Native bees are attracted to mock-orange.
Garden Uses Can be used as privacy screen or as a physical barrier, especially when planted with rosa ssp. It can also be used as a feature plant in an area where the flowers and fragrance will be appreciated.
Facts This species was named mock-orange because of its similar fragrance to orange blossoms. The native species is usually more fragrant than cultivars.
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