Philadelphus × virginalis 'Natchez'
fil-a-DEL-fus X ver-ji-NAH-lis
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub, fast growing, 6-8(10) ft [1.8-2.4(3) m] tall, similar width. Flowers white, about 5 cm wide, fragrant; blooms heavily.
- Like all Philadelphus, easy to grow, vigorous, little or no care.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 ‘Natchez’ was named by Alfred Rehder of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. It is a hybrid of two parents, each of which in turn are hybrids. One parent, P. lemoinei, is as hybrid of P. microphyllus, a native of the southwestern US, and P. coronarius, native to Europe and Asia. The other parent of P. x virginalis is P. nivalis plenus named and possibly developed by Austrian Nicholas Jacquin, 1727-1817. This plant is also a hybrid of P. pubescens of North America and P. coronarius.
- Silverton, Oregon: The Oregon Garden