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May 31, 2017 8:54 AM CST
Southern California
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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May 31, 2017 9:32 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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Except for the tininess of the blooms, it looks a bit like Oleander.
May 31, 2017 9:47 AM CST
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Aloysia citrodora
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May 31, 2017 10:17 AM CST
Name: Sue
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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!

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