Philadelphus coronarius, Sweet Mock Orange, English Dogwood

Mock Orange

Philadelphus coronarius

Common Names: Sweet Mock Orange, English Dogwood

Light: Full Sun/Part Shade

Height: 10′ – 14′

Spacing/Spread: 6′ – 10′

Evergreen: No, Plant is deciduous.

Color: White blooms .

Interest: Spring Flowers.

Landscape Companions:

Texas Native: Yes, plant is Texas native.


Wildlife habitat:



Features: A great deer resistant flowering tree. White blooms smell great. Medium growing Texas adapted tree.

Austin Native Landscaping: “Do not mock Mock Orange as it is an excellent Texas adapted tree. This fast growing shrub will turn eventually in to a small and handsome tree. At spring time, Mock Orange’s big white flowers will offer exquisitely pleasant smell. It is somewhat drought resistant once established, disease and pest free and is highly deer resistant. Small flowering, deer resistant tree that is also low maintenance? Mock Orange is definitely worth a consideration. Are you mocking now?”



Family: Hydrangeaceae (Pronounced – hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee)

Genus: Philadelphus (Pronounced – fil-uh-DEL-fuss)

Species: coronarius (Pronounced – kor-oh-NAR-ee-us)

Propagation: Woody stem cuttings, Root ball division, Layering.



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3 comments… add one
  • Carol J. Goeser

    January 9, 2014, 5:04 pm

    Where can I buy orange blossom seeds? Thank you,


    Carol J. Goeser.

  • Stephanie

    May 29, 2017, 7:33 pm

    Philadelphus coronarius is not native. See here.. Philadelphus lewisii is, however, but not listed as Texas native. Also, neither have “SHARP SPIKES”. You might confusing this with Hardy Orange (Poncirus trifoliata)?

  • Ernie Schertz

    August 23, 2017, 10:26 am

    This particular Mock Orange is not native in Texas. Native in the Eastern U.S. See the USDA map at this site:

    There are some Mock Orange plants that are native in Texas in the Edwards Plateau area and Trans Pecos and one in NE Texas. Most are rare and not available in nursery trade.

    It is very possible that the Mock Orange plant that you have will grow in Central Texas. I know that it will grow in North Texas.


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