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Philadelphus mexicanus ‘Plena’
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Philadelphus

Mock Orange

First introduced to Europe along with lilacs by Ambassador Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq in 1562, this classic and easy-to-grow hollow-branched shrub was used by the Turks to make pipes. Its Latin name means “brotherly love” and its orange-blossomlike fragrance has enhanced teas, perfumes, and almost certainly, many friends’ walks in the garden.

Philadelphus mexicanus ‘Plena’ full sun  partial shade

Of all our selections, this one smells the sweetest. The elegant cream-colored double flowers are bowl-shaped and the green foliage remains glossy and crisp even under stress from heat and sun. Ours grows at the base of an apple tree,constantly tempting us to put aside work for awhile and linger in its scent.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 5' 0"–6' 0" high x 5' 0"–6' 0" wide; hardy to zone 9.

Philadelphus mexicanus ‘Plena’ (S-0245)
Each $11.75
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