Mock Orange ‘Belle Etoile’: Single White, Highly-Scented, 2 Inch Flowers
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.
Both species and cultivars can be propagated by semi-ripe heal cuttings in mid to late summer.
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 ‘Snow Velvet’
Philadelphus ‘Snow Dwarf’
- 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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