Philadelphus lewisii ssp. californicus

Wild mock orange. Erect and arching deciduous shrub to 10’ tall and generally half as wide. Ovate, pale green, toothed leaves up to 3” across are held on smooth, mahogany colored new twigs that become a rich brown with age. Fragrant, white, saucer-shaped blossoms to 1-2” across are filled with creamy stamens and a single green pistil. These delicate, sweetly-scented flowers appear from spring to summer and add an elegant touch to any garden. Somewhat drought tolerant and suitable for full sun, mock orange requires partial shade in hot areas. Use for background and corner plantings, screens or informal hedges. The following are hardy to 0F or below. Western North America, from British Colombia to California.