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Jun 21, 2020 6:54 PM CST
Louisville
This bush has spade-shaped, smooth edged, glossy green leaves with small pink flowers on new growth. Is this a type of spirea? I appreciate any help id'ing this bush.
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Jun 21, 2020 7:06 PM CST
Name: Mone
Chicago between O'Hare & Lake (Zone 6a)
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It is Meyer Lilac - Syringa meyeri 'Palibin'
Lilac (Syringa pubescens subsp. pubescens 'Palibin')
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Jun 21, 2020 7:16 PM CST
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
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That's one of the small leaved Lilacs; note the simple leaves with opposite arrangement. Spirea members will have alternate arrangement of simple leaves.

One common form is Syringa patula 'Miss Kim', as I learned it. Apparently, it has been renamed as Syringa pubescens.

Manchurian Lilac (Syringa pubescens subsp. patula 'Miss Kim')

Other small leaved species include Syringa meyeri and Syringa microphylla. There are doubtless more clones of each of these around.
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Jun 21, 2020 8:08 PM CST
Louisville
Sweet!! Lilac floated through my brain but I dismissed the thought in favor of spirea. Such great info about the arrangement of leaves! Thanks to both of you for the assistance!
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Jun 23, 2020 5:00 PM CST
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
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Happy to oblige.

Hope all is going well in your garden, during these tumultuous times.
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