Adding compost to the soil will help improve most issues. Compact, Pittosporum tobira 'Nanum' or 'Nana' (Japanese Mock Orange) is a small, broadleaf evergreen shrub featuring attractive, leathery, dark-green leaves, glossy on the top and with lighter undersides. Plant Mock Orange shrubs in rows along your property line to create an ornamental privacy screen or use them as a decorative backdrop for lower growing shrubs. This mock orange is the ‘grand daddy’ of them all as far as size is concerned. Flowering time for Philadelphus virginal is early summer. Philadelphus mexicanus 'Double Flowering' (Evergreen Double Flowering Mock Orange) - This is a climbing evergreen shrub that can clamber to 15-20 feet. However, these showy plants all have one thing in common — they all produce an abundance of eye-catching white or yellow petaled flowers with bright yellow stamens that possess a heady aroma. Together with that attribute, it has a stunning display of pure white, fully double flowers – hence its name – and is very scented. If used as a groundcover the shrub will reach 3-5 feet tall and spread 15 feet. Growing Conditions for Mock Orange Shrubs. Philadelphus lewisii: Mock Orange Philadelphus lewisii is tolerant of a wide variety of conditions, from full sun to partial shade, from moist to dry. Mock orange benefits with mulch in spring and an application of balanced organic slow-release fertilizer – this is especially needed when hard pruning. Mock orange shrubs are hardy in Zones 4-8. Mock Orange is a very hardy shrub with deep green shiny leaves. The mock orange shrub thrives in a sunny location and can tolerate partial shade or light shade site.The soil should be moist, humus-rich and well-drained.It is best planted in autumn through to early spring-time. All have glistening white flowers ranging from tiny, starry little things (four-petalled) to large, bouffy double blossoms. Most types that are hardy for us are deciduous (drop their leaves in winter) but more southerly species can be evergreen. Philadelphus Mock Orange shrubs vary in size and some leaf structure. Sweet mock-orange is a large, upright growing shrub with delightfully sweet, fragrant white flowers in early summer. This plant is very useful as a hedge or anchor plant near buildings because it will only need trimming twice a year. The Syringa (Philadephus lewisii), or Mock orange, is a perennial deciduous shrub that's native to the Northwestern United States, including California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. They look great in rows, and really smell great when planted in groups. Mock orange bushes come in many varieties, ranging in height from 4-8 feet or more. An excellent shrub to use as a backdrop for smaller shrubs. 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