About this cultivar:
Philadelphus x virginalis is a large mock -orange. It will grow into something resembling a small tree but people often train it along walls or fences. Put it near your back door so you can smell it!
- Position: Full sun, partial shade
- Soil: Almost any soil, grows well in Ballyrobert
- Flowers: May, June, July
- Other features: Bees and Butterflies, Scented
- Hardiness: Fully hardy, grows well in Ballyrobert
- Habit: Bushy
- Foliage: Deciduous
- Height: 105 - 165 cm (3.5 - 5.5 ft)
- Spread: 105 - 180 cm (3.5 - 6 ft)
- Time to full growth: 5 to 10 years
- Plant type: Shrub
- Colour: Green, white
- Goes well with: --
About this genus:
Philadelphus (mock-orange) is a genus of about 60 species of shrubs from 1 to 6 m tall, native to North America, Central America, Asia and (locally) in southeast Europe.
They are named "mock-orange" in reference to their flowers, which in wild species look somewhat similar to those of oranges and lemons at first glance, and smell of orange flowers and jasmine. But Philadelphus is not closely related to jasmine quite distant indeed from oranges and lemons. An entirely misleading name for Philadelphus that is sometimes encountered is syringa; this properly refers to the lilacs, which are fairly close relatives of jasmine. The connection of the two shrubs lies in their introduction from Ottoman gardens to European ones, effected at the same time by the Holy Roman Emperor's ambassador to the Sublime Porte, Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq, who returned with both to Vienna in 1562.
This classic and easy-to-grow hollow-branched shrub was used by the Turks to make pipes. Its Latin name means “brotherly love” and its orange-blossomlike fragrance has enhanced teas, perfumes, and almost certainly, many friends’ walks in the garden.