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Sweet Mock Orange, English Dogwood 'Aureus'

Philadelphus coronarius

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Philadelphus (fil-uh-DEL-fuss) (Info)
Species: coronarius (kor-oh-NAR-ee-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Aureus



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Union Grove, Alabama

Rohnert Park, California

Sheffield, Massachusetts

Redford, Michigan

Cannon Falls, Minnesota

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Concrete, Washington

Ellsworth, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 1, 2014, bobbieberecz from Concrete, WA wrote:

This is a beautiful bush that brightens a shady corner of my garden. I planted a specimen that wasn't more than 2 feet tall and couldn't imagine the size it would get. It was blooming the second year and rapidly increased in size and bloom each year. I've had it about 7 years and have had to cut it back 3 times, with a hard prune this last fall (resulting in no blooms this year). The size was overtaking everything else. It gets all morning and early afternoon sun, then bright shade on one side and heavy shade on the other. The shade doesn't affect it's shape or bloom. We live very close to the mountains and in the winter our northern sun swings more to the east, doesn't get over the mountain until after 9:00AM, and barely hits the bush until spring. When our temps dip to 5 degrees ... read more


On Jul 8, 2003, Baa wrote:

A very showy cultivar shrub.

Has very yellow leaves, which turn a greenish yellow in summer and bears pure white, heavily scented flowers.

Flowers April - May

Loves a well drained soil in light shade. The branch tips will often burn in full sun which will deny the garden pleasure of the flowers.

Very easy shrub, prune back the branches after flowering to a strong bud.