Mock Orange

by Em
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I adore the scent of mock orange flowers, and thankfully one of these shrubs was already growing in our yard when my husband and I moved into our house many years ago. That shrub has thrived despite being nearly buried by neighboring arborvitaes that weren’t supposed to get 20 feet tall.

A photo of white mock orange flowers blooming

Plus the whole time we’ve lived here it has also sat under a 30-foot-tall Bur Oak tree that unfortunately met its demise last summer. My neighbor had the oak tested and treated, but it was apparently beyond saving because it hasn’t produced a single leaf this spring.

With all the additional sunlight coming through where there’s no longer an oak canopy, the mock orange shrub outdid itself with blossoms this year. I found myself making excuses to go outside just so I could take in the lovely scent1

A photo of white mock orange flowers blooming

Mock orange shrubs grow about 10 to 12 feet tall in full sun to partial shade. They grow best in Zones 4-8, and they bloom for about 1 to 2 weeks in late spring.

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