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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Philadelphus ernestii Hu
Canyon mock orange, Canyon Mock-Orange, Mock-orange
USDA Symbol: pher
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Small shrub with loose bark on the main stems. Among boulders along streams. Rare and needing protection. Leaves narrowly ovate, up to 1 3/8 inches long by 1/2 inch wide, with smooth margins and 3 prominent veins on the upper surface, the lower surface covered with appressed hairs visible under a l0x hand lens. Flowers white, showy, numerous along the branchlets, opening in April and May. Fruit a capsule shaped like a top, 3/l6 inch long by 3/16 inch wide with 4 remnants of the flower projecting from the midpoint between the tip and the base.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf Retention: Deciduous Size Notes:
3-5 feet Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May
TX Native Habitat:
Rare onrocky cliffs and other well drained sites near wet areas on the Edwards Plateau; endemic USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low , Medium Light Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry , Moist Drought Tolerance:
Medium Conditions Comments:
plant for shaded and protected locations. Flowers smell like orange blossoms making it an excellent plant near outside living areas. Plant 3 to 4 feet apart in well drained soil. Deer browse this shrub
so it must be protected.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-08-31
Research By: DEW, JSC