Japanese Mock Orange and Zone 6b

samnsarahDecember 4, 2013

Will Japanese Mock Orange thrive in zone 6b, specifically SC Kansas, with morning shade and afternoon sun? I've read that it is only hardy to zone 7b, but a local gardener thought that it did well here. I'm considering trying the cultivar 'Glen Compact', but I don't want to plant something that will just struggle each year.

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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

I'm wondering if you've been looking up the correct 'Mock Orange'. The 'Japanese Mock Orange' is Pittosporum tobira. It's not even hardy in the UK so I'm a bit doubtful about zone 6.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pittosporum tobira

    Bookmark   December 4, 2013 at 12:49PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

throw a latin name at us

    Bookmark   December 4, 2013 at 1:34PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Yes, it will be Tobira and although there are some specimens of some vintage in Seattle (USDA 8) I would never tell anyone here they could plant it as a hardy shrub - USDA 6 is definitely out.

I'd think Kansas is far enough west that some of the monsoon climate stuff like this may not like the summer climate or soil conditions even if the winters are within the range of tolerance.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2013 at 2:24PM
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samnsarah

Okay, the Latin name is Pittosporum tobira 'Glen Compact'. But it is tobira, so I'll probably go a different direction.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2013 at 5:30PM
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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

There's also a native mock orange you might want to consider,
philadelphus hirsutus, hardy to zone 5.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 3:36PM
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samnsarah

I am interested in that philadelphus hirsutus, but I can't find it anywhere.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 7:44PM
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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

Fraid I can't help with that...I don't know (of my native plants sources) a source for that either. It does grow here and I've encountered it in the woods.
Oh wait...I did a creative google search and I did find it...in fact i can say that I've ordered bulbs from this guy for years...and never been less than pleased.
http://www.odysseyperennials.com/
Dunno these folks:
http://www.overhillgardens.com/2013-native-plant-price-list-common.pdf

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 4:45PM
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