Philadelphus 'Belle Étoile'

mock orange (syn. Philadelphus Belle Etoile)

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2 litre pot £19.99
available to order from late summer
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Buy Philadelphus 'Belle Étoile' mock orange (syn. Philadelphus Belle Etoile): A compact, highly fragrant mock orange

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to July
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    In June and July this lovely mock orange is smothered with highly fragrant, single, cup-shaped flowers with distinctive splashes of purple at the centre. The delicious orange-blossom fragrance floats on the breeze on warm summer evenings. This compact variety produces abundant, gorgeous, bridal-white flowers set off perfectly by oval, deep green leaves. This is an essential, low-maintenance shrub for a sunny mixed border, and it can also cope with poor soil, urban pollution and salt-laden air.

  • Garden care: Mulch around the roots in spring with a deep layer of well-rotted garden compost or manure. Prune in late summer, immediately after flowering, removing one in four of the older stems to ground level.

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Notes on Philadelphus 'Belle Étoile'

"A restrained philadelphus ( reaching man-height) with large white flowers splashed in maroon-purple - deliciously fragrant and deliciously fresh"

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Slow to establish




Beautiful perfume from a trouble-free shrub


I bought this from Crocus years ago and, although more often than not I treated it with neglect, I always prune it correctly and I am rewarded each June with the most wonderfully fragrant flowers. It's in a large pot which doesn't seem to bother it at all, but it does attract ants like no other plant I've ever seen. The ants will completely cover any new shoot with black larvae, so I'm afraid I spray the whole shrub mercilessly. I cannot praise the perfume of the flowers highly enough, it is very strong, bitter-sweet with a hint of wine. Indoors, a tiny branch with no more than 6 flowers, in a glass of water, will fill a whole room with scent. Other than the 4-6 weeks of flowering in early summer, it's not an attractive shrub. But those 4-6 weeks are certainly worth it.




Delicious scent


This is a great choice for the summer garden. It's delicious perfume fills the air, and the attractive white flowers are lovely. One of my favourite shrubs.




A refined and beautiful shrub


This shrub is suitable for a space where it can be allowed to grow quite wide as it tends to arch over. It prefers to be in some shade but not too shady. It is my favourite Philadelphus variety.




Highly recommend this product


I've absolutely fallen in love with this plant. It's just so pretty, the flowers are gorgeous white with a mauve centre and the scent is just heaven. The foilage is lovely and healthy. I will probably plant it out in the garden for next year and give it the space it deserves.




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Hello, please can you let me know when and how the Philadelphus Belle Etoile should be pruned? Thank you.


Ideally the shoots that have produced flowers should be cut back to strong buds or side shoots immediately after the flowers have faded. Also, on well established plants, you should remove around one in four stems - cutting the oldest ones back to their base to make way for fresh new growth.


Hello, I bought this from you last Spring and planted it in a herbaceous border but it didn't look happy. Perhaps it was only that I didn't water it enough, but it looked a bit wilted. I wondered if it would be happier with more space around it? Could I move it, perhaps this Spring?


Hello there Sorry to hear that you Philadelphus seemed to be struggling. Yes it would need to be well watered once planted so maybe that was the reason why it was wilting. If you want to move it to an area with more space,- this plant can grow to 2.5m wide eventually, then move it when it is dormant between October and late March.

I have a belle toile which has flowered profusely this and up until three weeks ago looked very healthy but one two thirds of the bush has shrivelled leaves (looks like frost damage) although some leaves lower down are still green.


Hello, I suspect your suspicions are correct as it is quite possible that the warm winter has encouraged early new growth, and this would be particularly susceptible to frost damage. The only thing you can do though is to wait for the plant to rally around, and eventually it should put on some new fresh growth.


I think I came across this plant in St John's Lodge, Regent's Park this evening and was instantly smitten by the smell. Do you think it would do alright in a container or am I better off with one of the other variants? Am mostly after the fragrance. Also, would you recommend repotting upon arrival - and which compost? Many thanks.


Hello, This could be grown in a rally large pot (provided it is kept really well fed and watered), but it would be happier planted in the ground. A better option for a pot would be the more compact form, Philadelphus 'Manteau d'Hermine' - please click on the following link to go straight to it.


Specimen Ceanothus or another large bushy shrub.... Good afternoon, When I was first looking for a Ceanothus to replace the one we have in our front garden, I looked on your website, but you only had small ones. Our once lovely Ceanothus has been pruned out of all recognition again this year, as I planted it a bit too near our boundary when it was a baby. I know it may come back, but it is getting ridiculous as every time it grows back it has to be cut back again severely and then ooks a mess for most of the year. Have you got a nice, tall, bushy Ceanothus to replace it? I love my Ceanothus but perhaps if you don't have a big one, do you have another large, flowering shrub as an alternative? Hope you can help Regards Margaret


Hello Margaret, it is rare to find larger sized Ceanothus as they are usually quite short-lived and don't normally live longer than 6 - 8 years. We do have a selection of larger shrubs on our site like Hamamelis, Hydrangeas, Magnolias, Acer, Cornus, Cotinus, Philadelphus, Syringa and Viburnum, so you may find something of interest. They will be listed in this section. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Plant help with Camellia pruning, bugs on our Acer, Cornus not growing and our Philadelphus still not flowering! I have some queries regarding a few plants purchased from Crocus which I'm hoping you can help me with. This year we purchased "Camellia ?? williamsii 'Debbie'" and it seems to be growing nicely already, however it's very straggly, it arrived with two stems tied to a cane. The stems have continues to grow, and it's now tied to a longer cane, but it's showing no signs of bushing out. Will it do this with more time or do we need to start pruning to encourage it? We also bought "Cornus alba 'Sibirica'(red-barked dogwood)" and have it in a nice sunny position. It's lost its leaves for the winter and the stems are lovely, but it hasn't grown at all since we bought it (in June). Is this normal or do I need to do anything specific to help it along? We bought a Japanese Maple "(Acer palmatum var. dissectum Atropurpureum Group)" a few years ago but has recently become infested with some kind of beetle. We didn't notice anything, until we were moving the tub at the weekend and found the tree, soil and side of the pot coated in little grey/brown beetles slightly bigger than aphids. I've sprayed it with a pesticide which seems to have killed them, but I'm wondering what they were and what if anything can be done to ensure they don't come back, preferably without having to keep coating it with pesticides. Finally, we also bought a Mock Orange (Philadelphus Manteau d'Hermine). We originally had it in a tub, where it grew at an enormous rate, but it had no flowers. This year it seemed to be pot-bound, so we transplanted it into the garden, in a nice sunny position. It has continued to grow in both width and height, but to date has still had no flowers. Any suggestions? Thanks Mark

Hello Mark, Young Camellias can be very variable in shape, and some pruning is often needed to encourage a balanced, bushy shape. If yours is long and thin, then you can encourage it to bush out by pinching out the growing tips and shorten over-long stems. Ideally this should be done in spring, after it has finished flowering but before the leaf buds break. As for the Cornus, it may simply be concentrating on putting on new root growth rather than top growth, or perhaps you have very heavy soil, which will slow growth down. You should not really be feeding many plants at this time of the year as you can do more harm than good by encouraging new growth at this time of the year. I would however expect to see some signs of growth in spring next year, at which point you can start feeding again. I am not really sure what insects you found on your Acer, but it may have been woodlice. These are completely harmless, but they do eat decaying organic matter such as leaves etc and they do like cool, damp spots to hide out in. Finally, there are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade, not enough water or nutrients, or pruning at the wrong time of the year. I am not really sure why yours has not produced buds, but you can often give them a bit of a push by feeding with a high potash fertiliser during the growing season. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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My Philadelphus doesn't flower Please could you offer some advice. Last year we bought two Philadelphus plants. We planted one in the tiny back garden and one in the front garden and both have grown quite vigorously. Our problem is that they have not flowered and still show no signs of doing so. Is there anything I can do to encourage flowering? Lynda and Arthur

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Hello there, There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade, not enough water or nutrients, or pruning at the wrong time of the year. It can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers, which is quite common for things that have recenlty been planted. I am not really sure why yours has not produced buds, but you can often give them a bit of a push by feeding with a high potash fertiliser. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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