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Shrub that smells like heaven!

comments (5) August 29th, 2013 in gallery
southernnewbie southernnewbie, member
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I am new to South Carolina and have several over 6-foot-tall shrubs growing in my back yard. They have broad green, non-serrated waxy leaves that remind me of an orange tree.  It is now blooming (late August) with the most heavenly smelling tiny white flower clusters EVER, but the flowers truly are tiny - less than 1cm.  I tried to look them up on myriad plant/shrub id sites with no luck. What is this divine-smelling thing?



posted in: The Gallery, shrub, fragrant, summer-blooming

Comments (5)

tntreeman writes: i have NEVER heard of it's toxic seeds being a problem. wildlife is usually smarter than humans Posted: 1:08 pm on August 31st
southernnewbie writes: Wow! Crybaby trees are amazing-looking! Thanks for the suggestion. I see that the seeds are toxic to humans - do birds or any other wildlife eat them? Posted: 10:52 am on August 31st
tntreeman writes: if you can grow tea olive you should really get you a Cry Baby Tree Posted: 1:12 pm on August 30th
southernnewbie writes: Mystery solved! Thanks so much tntreeman! Posted: 8:53 am on August 30th
tntreeman writes: i am pretty sure it's Osmanthus fragrans/ Tea Olive,,,,,,planted throughout the south and is a signature fragrance of the deep south. i wish it was hardy here in my area and you're right it is heavenly smelling but not overpowering Posted: 6:39 pm on August 29th
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