Plant ID forum: White blooming shrub

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
May 24, 2017 4:13 PM CST

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Blooming on the neighbors side of my moms fence, nice fragrance, upright growth, it's about 6 ft tall. It looks so familiar. Shrug!






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Name: greene
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greene
May 24, 2017 4:18 PM CST
Does it have a strong fragrance???
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
May 24, 2017 4:57 PM CST

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Well, fragrance is relative I think, it wasn't something I detected standing next to it, I had to put my nose in it, it was a sweet smell.
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ViburnumValley
May 24, 2017 8:56 PM CST
Looks like a Privet (Ligustrum sp.)...
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
May 24, 2017 10:29 PM CST

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Thanks John, it gives me a starting point. Thumbs up
I have only seen privets with shorter leaves.
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JulieB
May 24, 2017 11:44 PM CST
Ligustrum ovalifolium

It's grown all over the place here - I love the smell but some reportedly do not!

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
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Calif_Sue
May 25, 2017 12:25 AM CST

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Thanks Julie. I have some huge trees that I was told were privets, lots of seedlings have to be pulled out all the time. Previous owner let several grow over 6 feet and they look different from this one so I should try to get some pictures of it too to narrow down the species.
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tx_flower_child
May 25, 2017 12:10 PM CST
Sorry to be Ms Bummer here, but I do have to point out that privets are considered invasive. They are lovely and I'm glad I didn't plant one (or more) when I was totally ignorant about things like natives and invasives, etc. At least now I am happy to say that I'm only partially ignorant.

I have to admit to being puzzled by local nurseries that cater to peeps like me who are shopping for native perennials but still stock at least a few plants that are known invasives.
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
May 25, 2017 3:53 PM CST

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Oh I know, I hate the ones I have.
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Name: greene
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greene
May 25, 2017 3:57 PM CST
Calif_Sue said:Well, fragrance is relative I think, it wasn't something I detected standing next to it, I had to put my nose in it, it was a sweet smell.


Happy that you have an ID. Hurray!
I guess smell/odor/aroma is relative. To me, privet....stinks...a really sweet stinky smell. It is also the smell I most remember from my early childhood as we had a huge privet just outside the kitchen door and the 'aroma' permeated the house.



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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
May 25, 2017 4:05 PM CST

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When my trees bloom, it's pretty strong, this one wasn't
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