Buckley's Quill Mock Orange

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Green thumb? Or. . . not so much. Either way, the fabulously fragrant Buckley's Quill Mock Orange (Philadelphus 'Buckley's Quill') should grow well for you. It's extremely cold hardy down to Zone 4 and brings the scent of the tropics to your springtime garden. Butterflies and bees adore these blooms as much as your bouquets will!

Unusual crisp white double blooms feature a pincushion setting of narrow petals. The quill-like petals add a wonderful texture. You'll enjoy an abundance of flowers on the tips of every branch. Buckley's Quill Mock Orange displays fragrant, double-white flowers that are 1" in diameter with up to 30 quill-like petals per flower abundantly in spring. Each soft bloom bristles with charm!

Of course, you'll fall in love with that wonderful orange scent! The flowers fill the air with a citrusy fragrance that lasts throughout the blossom period. This improved hybrid variety of the old-fashioned favorite was bred in Ottowa, Canada so you know it can handle cold winters. Buckley's Quill has really become the new standard for double flowering Mock Orange, adding extreme cold hardiness to this wonderful free flowering and fragrant plant!

Planting and Application:

This low-maintenance plant has many uses in the landscape. As you can imagine, it's especially enjoyable when grown near a walkway, patio, or driveway. Place it where you can enjoy its beauty and fragrance. Soften harsh angles at the corner of your house with the sweet rounded outline of Buckley's Quill. Use one on either side of a special Garden Room or grow several together as a fragrant hedge, and look great when kept as an untrimmed, informal, free-form hedge.

It shines in spring and holds its rich green leaves densely through the summer. Use it as a low-growing screening plant. It also boosts springtime interest when planted on the sunny side of taller evergreens. Ideal in container plantings, use blooming Buckley's Quill in a high-profile location. You and your guest will enjoy the fragrance during the spring and early summer bloom.

Add Buckley's Quill Mock Orange to a mixed shrub border accent. Partner with shrubs that shine in different seasons to create a year-round display. Choose Viburnums, Rose of Sharon, Red Twigged Dogwood Shrubs. Add evergreens like Yews, Holly, or Juniper. Use smaller Spirea in front, or pop in some of those rugged Landscape Roses. You'll enjoy blooms all season and have something nice to look at in winter, too.

They love wind, so try them on the open prairie or on windswept hillsides. This durable shrub even tolerates salty breezes. Mock Orange are even pollution tolerant! Use these fragrant shrubs in urban plantings, as well. Try a long row of them across the front of a busy sidewalk for a friendly privacy fence.

You need to allow ample room for its arching branches, so be sure to read the Plant Highlights. Don't underestimate the growth chart! For a solid hedge, plant them 2 feet apart on center. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next. If you want an individual specimen plant, expand the planting to 5 feet.

  • Fragrant Flowers Smell Like Fresh Cut Oranges
  • Lots of Double White Blooms in Late Spring
  • Elegant, Pointed, Narrow White Petals
  • Deep Green Summer Foliage & Compact Rounded Shape
  • Use as a Soft Accent in the Landscape

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Also spelled Mockorange, this tough, disease-resistant shrub requires little maintenance, is easy to grow, and thrives in full sun to part shade. They can handle a bit of shade, but you'll get the best flower display in a full sun position that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Mock Orange shrubs thrive just about anywhere, including slightly acidic, slightly alkaline, sandy soil, or in heavy clay. Although widely adapted to many different soil types, Buckley's Quill Mock Orange requires well-drained soil. The roots won't tolerate wet locations, so mound up if you see puddles that remain long after rain. It's easy, just bring in additional topsoil and heap it into a mound 18 inches high. Plant directly in that mound.

While Mock Oranges do need a moderate amount of water on a regular basis, it's important not to overwater your plants. The best trick is to use the Finger Test. Poke your finger into the soil up to your second knuckle. Is it getting dry? Time to water. Is it still moist? Hold off for now and check tomorrow.

Once the plant is well established in your soil, it can tolerate short periods of drought, but not for long. Add a nice, thick layer of mulch all around to three feet outside the shrub. Wood mulch helps your plant maintain surface moisture and keep roots cool. However, mulch should never touch the main stems of your plant. Once you've spread the mulch out, be sure to pull the mulch back by 3 inches all the way around the main stems to give them proper air circulation.

Once the flowering is done, you can prune them back, to keep a nice, clean look. You can do this hard pruning every year, or less often. Don't be surprised to see reblooming in mid to late summer. Mock Orange can be renewal pruned, or cut to the ground in late winter to rejuvenate the plant.

  • Thrives In The Sun
  • Well-Drained Enriched Soil
  • Appreciates Regular Water & Mulched Beds
  • Prune Right After Flowering
  • Cold Hardy & Disease and Pest Resistant

The beloved Buckley's Quill Mock Orange thrive in many climates and scent the air so nicely in spring. And these vigorous shrubs are so very easy to grow. Whether you spell it Mock Orange, or Mockorange, you'll want to order yours today for a marvelous springtime! Citrusy spring blooms This is an easy shrub that requires little care. Order from the expert growers at Nature Hills today!

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4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
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Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
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Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
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Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Buckley's Quill Mock Orange Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Philadelphus 'Buckley's Quill'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 5 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes