Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 2 Professionals
Common Name: mock orange
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Hydrangeaceae
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 5.00 to 6.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 4.00 feet
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: White with maroon blotch
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Tolerate: Drought, Clay Soil


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates wide range of soils, but will not tolerate those that are poorly drained. Flowers appear on prior year's growth, so prune immediately after flowering. May be cut to the ground (also after flowering) if shrub becomes scraggly unkempt or otherwise in need of rejuvenation.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This mockorange hybrid is a deciduous shrub that grows 5-6' tall. Features fragrant, four-petaled, single white flowers (to 1.5" diameter) with maroon center blotches which appear in clusters (racemes) in late spring. Oval leaves (to 2" long). Common name refers to the sweetly fragrant flowers which generally resemble those of orange blossoms.


No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to canker, leaf spots, powdery mildew and rust. Aphids, nematodes and leaf miners have been observed.

Garden Uses

Foundation plantings, hedges, shrub borders or low screens.