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Philadelphus texensis (Texas mock orange)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Philadelphus texensis

Philadelphus texensis Hu

Texas Mock Orange

Hydrangeaceae (Hydrangea Family)

Synonym(s): Philadelphus texensis var. coryanus, Philadelphus texensis var. texensis

USDA Symbol: PHTE3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


Native Habitat: Endemic to limestone outcrops of the Edwards Plateau. Well-drained sand, clay, loam.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Cold Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Limestone-based, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay
Conditions Comments: Texas mock orange has showy, sweet-smelling blooms. Uncommon to rare, the Texas mock orange, with its multiple, low branches and rounded leaves, is an ornamental delight. Deer intensively browse mock orange.


Use Ornamental: Aromatic, Accent tree or shrub
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Propagation Material: Seeds
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX


Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Philadelphus texensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Philadelphus texensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Philadelphus texensis


Record Modified: 2023-02-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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