Mockorange, Dwarf –
A cold hardy, upright, deciduous shrub with arching branches, ‘Minnesota Snowflake’ mockorange is breathtaking in bloom over a couple of weeks in late spring or early, when it is covered fragrant, double (extra petals), white flowers. It is the result of a complex hybrid line which combined several mockorange species native to both North America and eastern Europe. The leaves are medium to dark-green and slightly lighter beneath, oval with a rounded base and a pointed tip, with some small teeth on the edges. In late spring, a profusion of stunning, fragrant, double white flowers appears in loose clusters all along the tall and lightly arching branches. The flowers have a scent of sweet citrus. If moisture is adequate, the flowers can continue sporadically across summer. After blooming, the plant is rather ordinary, and fall foliage at best is mottled yellow-green.
Grow ‘Minnesota Snowflake’ in full sun for best growth and flowering, but it handles partial shade well. Excelling in moist, fertile, well-drained soils that are acidic to slightly alkaline, it also shows some drought tolerance. If it gets too tall or leggy, prune it back severely after flowering and allow it to rejuvenate over the growing season. Use it as an informal screen or hedge, or as a magnificent specimen in the rear of the mixed border.
Choose a site with full sun for best growth and prolific flowering. This shrub needs plenty of space to grow and spread. Though it is tolerant of a wide range of soils, it performs best in well-drained locations. Use it as a background shrub or as a specimen plant. Just be sure to locate it where you can enjoy the sweet fragrance. Plant in groups, as a hedge row, privacy screen, or as an individual featured shrub in the garden.
Plant container-grown nursery plants from spring through fall. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot the plant is in. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Carefully fill in around the root ball and firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly.
Mockorange benefits from regular renewal or rejuvenation pruning. The process typically involves removing one-fifth to one-third of the oldest and largest stems at ground level. Cutting the larger stems encourages vigorous growth from the ground, making the shrub full from the bottom up. Selective pruning also improves the shrub’s flowering capacity by allowing more light to reach the interior of the plant.
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