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Mock orange stumps knowledgeable pair

July 6, 2020
Mockorange shurb

Q: My mother taught me everything there is to know about plants and trees and how to take care of them properly. She is a walking encyclopedia of the outdoors. While visiting her yesterday I saw a flowering bush in her yard. Normally, if one of us doesn’t know what a flower is, the other one will. We are stumped.

The bush in question has a very lilac look to it. Multiple, thick, sturdy trunks coming from one spot in the ground, very tall and wide, a beautiful teacup-like white flower. It has more than tripled in size in the last year or two, and my mother doesn't remember planting it. Can you tell me what this might be? – M.S. via email

Find out more about this plant in this month's "In the Grow" column. 

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