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Philadelphus x virginalis 'Minnesota Snowflake'

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Philadelphus (fil-uh-DEL-fuss) (Info)
Species: x virginalis
Cultivar: Minnesota Snowflake

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (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

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1 positive
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Gcroy On Aug 11, 2011, Gcroy from Bow Mar, CO wrote:

I have just planted two of these shrubs along our back property line to fill in some blank spots and was wondering about the expected rate of growth in in the Denver area. Any replies would be most appreciated.

Neutral lortay On Jul 12, 2011, lortay from Navan
Ireland wrote:

I note that this plant 'Minnesota Snowflake' and 'Virginal' are listed seperately in 'The Plantfinder' and the flowers shown above are not typical of the cultivar grown in Britain and Ireland as 'Virginal'.

Negative grik On Jun 4, 2008, grik from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

Minnesotan's should sue. This plant is not worth the garden space if you live in a cold zone. It does not do well in my St. Paul, MN garden and I finally dug up and tossed the three I planted after nursing them back year after year through cold damage. I only got a couple of flowers every so often. Life is too short.

Positive WUVIE On Jun 1, 2007, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant was purchased on our wedding anniversary
in 2007, so it will be fun to watch it grow as we do.


Neutral langbr On May 21, 2004, langbr from Olathe, KS (Zone 6a) wrote:

Developed in 1909 in France by Victor Lemoine and was originally introduced as 'Virginal'. Has upright, arching stems/branches that are weighed down with bloom in late spring/mid summer. Tolerates heavy clay soil.

I've had this shrub for one year and am starting to see my first blooms. Blooms are very attractive but are said to bloom only for about 10 days.


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

Littleton, Colorado
Douglasville, Georgia
Winnetka, Illinois
Columbus, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Conway, South Carolina

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