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Japanese Mock Orange and Zone 6b

Posted by plantingman 6b (SC KS climate) (My Page) on
Wed, Dec 4, 13 at 9:43

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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RE: Japanese Mock Orange and Zone 6b

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


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RE: Japanese Mock Orange and Zone 6b

throw a latin name at us


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  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Wed, Dec 4, 13 at 14:24

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.


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RE: Japanese Mock Orange and Zone 6b

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


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RE: Japanese Mock Orange and Zone 6b

  • Posted by dbarron Z6/7 (Oklahoma) (My Page) on
    Tue, Dec 17, 13 at 15:36

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


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RE: Japanese Mock Orange and Zone 6b

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


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RE: Japanese Mock Orange and Zone 6b

  • Posted by dbarron Z6/7 (Oklahoma) (My Page) on
    Fri, Dec 20, 13 at 16:45

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


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