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Mock orange

Genus: Philadelphus.

Species: Philadelphus Mateau Hermine.

Common Name: Mock orange
Genus: Philadelphus
Cultivar: 'Manteau d'Hermine'
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Hardiness: Hardy
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry
Height: 75cm
Spread: 150cm
Time to take cuttings: June to January
Time to prune: July to August This is perhaps the most popular dwarf philadelphus, heavily scented with the typical orange-blossom fragrance. It thrives in most soils, even difficult clay and chalk, and makes a mound of foliage studded, in summer, with large double blooms. Cut back shoots to a strong bud each year after flowering. On older plants, remove roughly a quarter of the oldest branches each year to encourage new growth. To propagate, take softwood cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in autumn or winter. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

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