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Natchez Mockorange

A large, rounded shrub prized for its masses of large fragrant white blooms in early summer; wonderful in bloom, but fades into the background the rest of the year, best used with other plants in a composition; very adaptable and easy to grow.

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Characteristics

Species: x virginalis

Plant Height: 108 in.

Spread: 84 in.

Evergreen: No

Plant Form: upright spreading

Summer Foliage Color: green

Minimum Sunlight: partial shade

Maximum Sunlight: full sun

Ornamental Features

Natchez Mockorange is blanketed in stunning clusters of fragrant white flowers with yellow eyes at the ends of the branches in late spring. It has green foliage throughout the season. The serrated oval leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Natchez Mockorange is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage. This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics. Natchez Mockorange is recommended for the following landscape applications; Mass Planting Hedges/Screening General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Natchez Mockorange will grow to be about 9 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.