Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aureus’

golden mock orange

Outstanding Qualities

In spring this deciduous shrub erupts in brilliant yellow gold-toned leaves. The foliage turns soft chartreuse by mid-summer following an early summer display of fragrant white flowers with notes of fresh citrus. While the species should generally be planted in full sun to produce the most flowers, in the sunnier, hotter areas of the maritime Pacific Northwest a site with bright filtered light or shade in the afternoon might be considered to prevent leaf burn.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: purple, gold, bronze

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse

Culture Notes

Plant golden mock orange in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, depending on the intensity of the summer sun. Provide regular summer watering at least until established, then provide occasional water. Every year or two remove old, twiggy growth after the shrub finishes flowering. If it becomes leggy, it can be cut right back to ground level.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering