Philadelphus coronarius

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Sweet Mock-orange
Philadelphus coronarius.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Cornales
Family: Hydrangeaceae
Genus: Philadelphus
Species: P. coronarius
Binomial name
Philadelphus coronarius

Philadelphus coronarius (sweet mock-orange, English dogwood) is a species of flowering plant in the family Hydrangaceae, native to Southern Europe. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 3 m (10 ft) tall by 2.5 m (8 ft) wide, with toothed leaves and bowl-shaped white flowers with prominent stamens. In the species the blooms are abundant and very fragrant, but less so in the cultivars.[1]

Philadelphus coronarius

The specific epithet coronarius means "used for garlands".[2]


It is a popular ornamental plant for gardens in temperate regions, valued for its profuse sweetly scented white blossom in early summer. There are a large number of named cultivars. The following cultivars have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit:-

  • P. coronarius 'Aureus'[3]
  • P. coronarius 'Variegatus'[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Philadelphus coronarius 'Aureus'". Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Philadelphus coronarius 'Variegatus'". Retrieved 25 May 2013. 

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