Mockorange, Mock Orange 'Snowbelle'


Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Philadelphus (fil-uh-DEL-fuss) (Info)
Cultivar: Snowbelle



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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

Light Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



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)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood 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:


Alameda, California

Stockton, California

New Haven, Connecticut

Elkhart, Iowa

Gorham, Maine

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

South Jordan, Utah

Arlington, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 26, 2015, wendymadre from Petersburg, VA wrote:

Snowbelle has been growing in my Zone 7-A garden in Petersburg, Virginia for six years or so, and it has not thrived. It has grown a bit, and it seems okay until midsummer, when it begins to get frowsy. I'm going to move it to a partially shaded location and hope for the best. The blossoms are beautiful.


On May 8, 2010, atisch from Alameda, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I purchased it as a potted plant in October, 2009, about 10" high from Parkseed. The plant arrived with the pot completely dried out with most of the leaves in the bottom of the box. The few remaining leaves dropped off in the first week. I immediately moved it to a 10" pot, had to soak it for hours to re-wet the soil it came in and put it in a near full sun location during the winter rains. The plant looked dead through most of March but there was green right under the surface. Some signs of life then started to appear and the plant quickly took off and it started to form buds by late April. Now in mid-May it's in full bloom and looks like it never experienced a set-back. The flowers are very large for a mock orange and quite fragrant. A real trooper that will be a featured shrub in the g... read more


On Sep 28, 2002, Evert from Helsinki,
Finland (Zone 4b) wrote:

Very attractive mock orange variety, with a short growing habit. Full of white, very strong scented flowers on early summer.