Philadelphus coronarius 'Variegatus'
Variegated Mockorange
 
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Family: Saxifrage family (Saxifragaceae)
Native Habitat: SE Europe and Asia Minor

Most varieties of Mockorange are really grown for only one reason and that is their attractive, incredibly-fragrant flowers. When the flowers emerge in late spring they can nearly perfume an entire garden on a calm day. Unfortunately, the blooms last for only two or three weeks in late spring. For the rest of the year they are a nondescript green shrub. In modern landscapes we demand more than several weeks of ornamental interest.

P. coronarius 'Variegatus' is a variety of Mockorange that goes a long way towards solving that problem. Its variegated foliage is extremely effective all season. The wide creamy-white margins surround centers of bright-green. However, this is a shrub that must be sited correctly. If grown in full sun and/or without adequate moisture the leaf margins will burn and turn brown.

Ornamental Characteristics:
Leaves with a wide irregular border of creamy white. White 1½" flowers in late spring. Flowers are heavily sweet-scented.
Habit & Growth Rate:
Slow growing to 3 or 4 ft. high and wide.
Landscape Uses: Shrub border, foundation planting, specimen. Deer resistant.
Hardiness: Zone 4 to 8
Culture:
Best in light to medium shade with adequate moisture. Foliage will burn in full sun.
Awards: Award of Garden Merit, Royal Horticultural Society