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Philadelphus tenuifolius


This mock-orange is one of the smallest and hardiest of the genus. It remains under 2 metres but the slim branches bend outwards to cover a broadish area. The white flowers appear in mid-summer and are only mildly scented so the species is suitable for gardens which are home to sensitive noses. It is also said to thrive in shadier positions than other mock-oranges.


Kasvin perustiedot
Suomenkielinen nimi: 
1–1,5 m pensas.
Koillis-Kiina, Venäjän Kaukoitä ja Korea.
Pienikasvuinen ja heikkotuoksuinen, kaartuvaoksainen koristepensas. Valkoiset kukat keskikesällä.
Aurinkoinen tai puolivarjoinen kasvupaikka. Sietää muita jasmikkeita varjoisempia kasvupaikkoja.
Vyöhykkeet I-III. Vähän kokemuksia.

Philadelphus schrenkii - Schrenk’s mock-orange

Schrenk’s mock-orange is a relative newcomer among the shrubs available in Finland. Native to eastern Asia, it is like the sweet mock-orange (Philadelphus coronarius) in having strongly scented flowers.

For a mock-orange it is a large shrub but if space permits, well worth growing, especially further north, being very winter hardy. Otherwise it is a fairly ordinary mock-orange, but among the easiest to grow, not that any of them are difficult.


Philadelphus coronarius - sweet mock orange

Known to everyone in Finland as the ”jasmine bush”, the sweet mock orange is one of the oldest of garden shrubs in this country. First grown in Europe in the 1500s, it arrived in Finland about two centuries later.

Growing to about two metres, sweet mock orange produces strongly scented white flowers in clusters of 5-7 in late June-early July. Despite its long history of cultivation, this species is no longer so popular since the appearance of hoary mock orange (P. pubescens) and Lewis mock orange (P. lewisii var.) varieties in nursery catalogues. It is difficult to distinguish between the mock oranges and the problem is increased by their tendency to produce hybrids.

Sweet mock orange is perhaps the most strongly scented, the others varying from somewhat scented to almost scentless. They all thrive even in partial shade so are excellent for woodland gardens.


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