October’s plant of the month: Mock orange perfect for gardeners with limited place

  • Mock orange makes an attractive hedge to use as a screen or wind block. (Kim and Forest Starr via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The small red fruit of the mock orange is attractive to birds but not edible for us.

  • Mock orange flowers have an appearance and fragrance similar to other members of the citrus family. (Kim and Forest Starr via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The flowers of mock orange attract pollinating bees to the garden while enchanting us with their heady fragrance. (Photos by Kim and Forest Starr via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

For gardeners with limited space, a hearty shrub or small tree that produces fragrant blossoms nearly year-round might be a good choice. Mock orange fills that bill.