Plant ID forum: Lemony Shrub

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Southern California
May 31, 2017 8:54 AM CST
Hello, I'm looking for some help identifying this plant.

It's currently 7-8' tall, unknown age. The leaves are long and narrow (1"x4") growing in triples off stems. The flowers are VERY small, whitish pink and grow in stalks on the tips of what appears to be 1+ years growth. (New growth has very immature flower buds)

One of the most stand out features of the bush is that when you crush a leaf it has an extremely pungent lemon smell, as strong as a lemon but maybe a little more floral. It smells like it may make good tea.

A friend told me it's Yerba Mate, but it doesn't match photos online. There are no signs of berries (although I haven't observed it in the fall yet), and the leaves are thin and unlike holly in any way.

I will try to upload some photos with this post.


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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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May 31, 2017 9:32 AM CST
Except for the tininess of the blooms, it looks a bit like Oleander.
Salt Spring Island, BC (Zone 8b)
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May 31, 2017 9:47 AM CST
Aloysia citrodora
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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May 31, 2017 10:17 AM CST
islander said:Aloysia citrodora

I agree

I grew this years ago when I still lived in the UK. Wouldn't stand a chance outdoors here Sighing!

Southern California
May 31, 2017 11:01 AM CST
Thanks, that definitely explains the lemony smell.

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