identify this tree?

Asked May 11, 2019, 12:12 PM EDT

I’ve been trying a identify this tree for years in order to find out how/when to prune it. Any ideas? The flowers get extremely heavy and eventually drop enough to make it look like snow accumulation under the tree. Thanks!!!

Maryland pruning plant identification plant care mock orange normal growth philadelphus

1 Response

Are the flowers nice an fragrant?
We think this looks like a type of mock orange shrub (Philadelphus).
They are old-fashioned shrubs that Thomas Jefferson planted in his gardens at Monticello.
Here is a page on it:

The best time to prune is roughly June-July after flowering as they bloom on wood made the previous season. You could renew this shrub over time by taking 1/3 of the oldest branches to the ground each year for three years.