Philadelphus lewisii 'Waterton'
Lewis Mockorange in bloom
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 7 feet
Spread: 7 feet
Hardiness Zone: 3b
A large, sprawling shrub prized for its fragrant white blooms in early summer; wonderful in bloom, but fades into the background the rest of the year, best used in a composition with other plants; very adaptable and easy to grow
Lewis Mockorange features showy 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 colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Lewis 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.
Lewis Mockorange is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Lewis Mockorange will grow to be about 7 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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.