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How do you care for a mock orange bush?

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Mock orange shrubs need regular moisture until they are mature and should be kept in an area that is moist. Mulch should be added around the plant to help the soil keep water. Gardeners should use fertilizer in late winter or early spring if the plant is not growing well and prune the plant in early summer to help it keep its shape.

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The Mock Orange bush is a hardy shrub that produces white blooms from late spring to early winter. Mock Orange bushes produce a citrus fragrance and have light green leaves. There are three types of mock orange shrubs. Virginal Mock Orange shrubs have white double flowers and grow 6 to 8 feet tall. Dwarf Snowflake Mock Orange shrubs have pure-white flowers with dark-green leaves and grow 3 to 4 feet tall. Littleleaf Mock Orange shrubs have white, star-shaped flowers and grow 3 to 4 feet tall.

Mock orange bushes should be planted from late spring to early fall. They need an area where they will receive full sunlight to partial shade and well-drained soil. Mock orange bushes need plenty of room to grow and spread. The bushes tend to attract butterflies because they produce a lot of nectar.

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