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Mock Orange ‘Belle Etoile’: Single White, Highly-Scented, 2 Inch Flowers

Mock Orange ‘Belle Etoile’: Single White, Highly-Scented, 2 Inch Flowers

Photo Compliments of Jacki Dee

Photo Compliments of Jacki Dee

Philadelphus x lemoinei ‘Belle Etoile’ or commonly called Mock Orange ‘Belle Etoile’ is a medium sized (5 to 6 feet) deciduous shrub with arching branches.  Flowers are single white, highly-scented, and reach a size of 2 inches in width.  They are tinged purple in the center, and bloom in late spring or early summer.  Leaves are ovate.   Mock Orange is a superb shrub for mixed shrub borders or as a backdrop to colorful perennials, as a foundation planting, as part of a hedge, in shrub borders, or as a low screen.

How To Make Your Mock Orange ‘Belle Etoile’ Thrive

Mock Orange is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. This plant will tolerate a wide range of soils, but will not tolerate those that are poorly drained. Flowers appear on prior year’s growth, so prune immediately after flowering.  You may cut to the ground if the shrub becomes leggy.

General Mock Orange ‘Belle Etoile’ Information

Pests And Diseases

There is some susceptibility to canker, leaf spots, powdery mildew and rust. You should also be aware that aphids, nematodes and leaf miners have been observed.

Propagation

Both species and cultivars can be propagated by semi-ripe heal cuttings in mid to late summer.

Garden Uses

This is a superb shrub for mixed shrub borders or as a backdrop to colorful perennials, as a foundation planting, as part of a hedge, in shrub borders, or as a low screen.

Additional Mock Orange Choices

Philadelphus ‘Innocence’             

Philadelphus ‘Snow Velvet’        

Philadelphus ‘Virginal’   

Philadelphus ‘Snow Dwarf’

Quick Facts

  • Family: Hydrangeaceae
  • Type: Deciduous shrub
  • Hardiness Zones: Zones 5 to 8
  • Height: 5 to 6 feet
  • Width: 3 to 4 feet
  • Blooming Period: May to June
  • Bloom Description: White with subtle maroon blotch
  • Light Requirement: Full sun to partial shade
  • Water:  Moist but well-drained
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Tolerates: Clay soil, drought

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6 Comments

  1. I have a huge old fashioned mock orange that is a favorite. I didn’t know they had bred smaller varieties, but I’m glad they did.
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  2. Beautiful plant, lovely flowers.

  3. Found you! Sorry for not finding you sooner, I was searching thru W.P… Anyway, nice selection of articles! Following you via rss feed now. =)
    Btw, this little mock orange is the best. It stays small compared to its monster old version.

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