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Philadelphus lewisii

Mockorange, Syringa, Bridal Wreath

Community: Foothill

Brief Description

Scented, snow-white-blooming shrub shines as Idaho's state flower.

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  • Idaho's State Flower
  • Brilliant White Bloom
  • Orange-Blossom Fragrance
  • Lovely Mid-Sized Shrub

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Plant Description and Details

Luminous, showy deciduous outshines other shrubs with brilliant display of 1" snow-white, "orange-blossom" scented blooms. Lights up hillsides with its extended bloom from late spring to early summer. Soft green foliage is attractive in its simplicity.Idaho's state flower. Meriwether Lewis of the famed expedition discovered this native gem. This vigorous and dependable shrub forms a vase shape, upright and rather taller than it is wide. Native peoples used the limbs for arrow-making.

Common Names Mockorange, Syringa, Bridal Wreath
Community Foothill
Annual Water Needs 15-20 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range Rocky hillsides, along waterways, sagebrush deserts, on cliffs, from WA to N. CA, east to ID and MT
Native States CA, ID, MT, OR, WA
Hardiness Down to Zone 5
Exposure Sun - Part Shade
Placement Shrub borders, sunny parts of garden, specimen shrub in landscape
Mature Height 6 - 12 ft.
Mature Width 6 ft.
Group Spacing 6-12 ft.
Blossom Color White
Blooms Early Summer
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 3-4 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips For continued bloom from year to year, prune old branches that have borne flowers, leave long shoots of current year for next season's flowers.
Wildlife Notes Birds eat seeds all through winter.
Plants Symbol PHLE4
Family Name Hydrangeaceae
Lewis & Clark Yes

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