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Littleleaf Mock-orange, Small-leaved Mockorange
Philadelphus microphyllus


Like our other native mock-oranges, littleleaf mock-orange makes its home on well-drained rocky sites. It prefers sun and the higher elevations of 4000 to 8000 feet on the slopes of the Chisos and Glass Mountains in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas, and ranges farther north into New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado, and west into California. The slender, rigid, pubescent and brownish twigs become smooth, lustrous and tan to reddish brown or grey. They have exfoliating bark and may be sprawling or upright. Delicate leaves are highlighted by white, orange-blossom fragrant flowers. Littleleaf mock-orange was introduced into cultivation in 1883. It is browsed by Mexican bighorn sheep.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: leathery globular capsule with many seeds

Height: 4 feet

Width: 3 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: medium

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: neutral

USDA Hardiness Zone: 6

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