Sunday, May 15, 2011

Philadelphus brachybotrys (with Cornus kousa in the background)

P. su
Last week the overpowering fragrance in the Asian Collections was Styrax japonicus, this week it's Mock Orange, Philadelphus. The Flora of China lists 22 species as occurring in China. A handful of those are represented in the Asian Collections. They are fragrant, which is a good thing because they are messy, perennially unhappy plants that have a significant amount of dead wood on them at any given time no matter how assiduously you attend to them. But they smell so good you don't even care.

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