Miniature Snowflake Mock Orange

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Everyone has room for a few of these deliciously fragrant flowering shrubs. They are easy-care, trusty little garden workhorses with a springtime superpower! Miniature Snowflake Mock Orange (Philadelphus x virginalis 'Miniature Snowflake') is a flowering deciduous shrub that was selected for its super compact size, lush and full growth habit, and those fabulous flowers that pollinators adore.

During the summer, glossy, oval leaves will fill out your shrub. It won't get leggy, because this variety thankfully maintains a full canopy all the way to the ground. Depending on where you live, you may have seen or heard this beloved shrub spelled as one word, Mockorange. This variety is also sometimes sold as Dwarf Minnesota Snowflake. Any name you call it, it smells amazing in late spring. The pristine white blooms perfume your whole yard with the fresh scent of citrus!

Miniature Snowflake Mock Orange is a small shrub that is absolutely covered in delicate, double, white flowers from top to bottom. Each bloom is shaped like a white snowflake. You'll enjoy multiple starry clusters of 5 - 7 flowers in early spring. The brilliant white, double bloom lights up the late spring. This outstanding fragrance is the signature of all of the plants called Mock Orange. You'll want to bottle that fabulous scent.

Mock Orange is the north's answer to those deliciously fragrant Gardenias that are too tender for the cold winters of Zones 4 - 7. Use these wonderfully cold hardy shrubs in their place. Our expert growers are proud to grow this selection that was chosen from the esteemed Bailey Nurseries. Miniature Snowflake was found as a branch sport off of the popular 'Minnesota Snowflake'. People rave about the performance of this useful ornamental shrub!

Planting and Application:

You definitely don't want to miss this experience each year. Why could be easier than a Mock Orange? Especially one that stays this small and can be tucked here or there. The compact size makes it easy to incorporate Snowflake Mock Orange Philadelphus just about anywhere as an accent. Use it as a background in your perennial border or along your sunny foundation plantings.

Try running a low hedge along the entire length of a taller mixed shrub border or along the length of your property line or driveway. The vibrant, dark-green leaves and compact form of this shrub will polish up the look of any planting, even if you keep the hedge untrimmed as an informal, free-form shape. For a solid screen, plant them 2 feet on center. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next. They will grow together quickly and look like a single plant.

Keep your rows straight if you prefer, or add a bit of visual interest with gently curved lines. Keep it tightly shaped, or let it do its natural thing. You can't go wrong with this hard-working variety.

Be sure to add a few in your container gardens for your porch, deck or patio. You want to feature the fragrance where you'll be walking. It can act as a decorative Filler in large containers or can be used by itself in 14-inch containers. Enjoy the yummy scent! Use lots of them as a feature, or pop one or two in large containers for your patio. Just don't miss out on the incredible scent!

  • Dwarf Variety
  • Incredible Citrus Scent
  • Covered in Fragrant Double White Spring Flowers
  • Tidy & Compact
  • Perfect in Containers & Great "Facer" Shrub Adds a Finishing Touch

#ProPlantTips for Care:

For best flowering, give it a planting site in full sun. Miniature Snowflake Mock Orange is quite hardy, growing well into zone 4 and tolerates a wide range of soils, as long as they drain well. It grows best when planted in fast-draining soil, rich in organic matter. Try a raised planting of 12 to 18 inches above the soil line if poor drainage is suspected. Add a 3 to 4-inch layer of mulch out 3 feet from the plant to keep the roots cool and the surface moisture consistent.

The plant produces its blooms on last year's growth, so pruning should only be done right after flowering. Remove spent flowers and do the desired shaping of the plant at this time. In the case of overgrown plants, the Snowflake Mock Orange can be renewal pruned, or cut to the ground in late winter to rejuvenate the plant. You'll sacrifice the blooms for a season, but you can enjoy a fresh shrub with new growth from the crown. There are no serious pests or diseases that affect this plant. It will even thrive in city environments.

  • Moderate Growth Rate In Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Well-Drained Enriched Soil
  • Appreciates Regular Water & Mulched Beds
  • Prune Right After Flowering
  • Truly Cold Hardy & Disease Resistant

Miniature Snowflake is a hardy shrub that has so much to offer. It's long-living and fast-growing nature makes it a good garden investment, both in the short and long term. Order enough to complete your entire project today! Miniature Snowflake Mock Orange (or Mockorange!) is a great addition to a low-maintenance landscape. Order yours at Nature Hills!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
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
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
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
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
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
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
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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20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Miniature Snowflake Mock Orange Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Philadelphus 'Miniature Snowflake'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 2 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes