Philadelphus microphyllus 'Desert Snow'

Common Name:
Mock orange
Plant Type:
Deciduous shrub
Hydrangeaceae (formerly in Philadelphaceae)
Geographic Origin:
Western United States
California Native?:
Plant Size:
4-5 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate to occasional watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
P. microphyllus is one of the smaller mock-oranges, usually 3-6 feet tall and broader than tall. It has rather small, narrow, dark green to greyish green leaves, paler beneath. The flowers are pure white and up to 1 inch broad, the fragrance suggests a mixture of grape and cinnamon candies. Sun, most soils, moderate to occasional watering. Hardy to 0-10 degrees F.