what is this flowering shrub?

treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,437


my Mum has this in her front garden, she was told that it was a Japanese dogwood, but I think the flowers are far too small, can anyone clarify what it is?

I've included a photo with my hand for scale.


  • I think it' a  Philadelphus, not sure which one.

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 1,049

    Does it have a nice fragrance?

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,437

    smells a bit like candy floss or sweeties, but my nose isn't the best

  • lilysillylilysilly Posts: 307

    Looks very much like my phyladelphus Silver Showers. I think my phyladelphus blossoms smell of strawberries. Lovely scented shrub and stays quite compact.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 24,525

    A philadelphus, I don't know which one either image

    I don't like the smell of most of them

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,437

    thanks, done a bit of research and I think you're right with philadephus,

    I'll get it pruned correctly (it's never been pruned since my parents have lived there - 15 years nearly) once its finished flowering and hopefully it'll put a decent show on next year.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 11,431

    Scent is a funny thing, subject to location and personal sensitivities.   We had a supposedly highly perfumed philadeplphus in our Belgian garden but, whilst if flowered well, it had no real scent.  In this garden there are two in a mixed hedge along the road boundary and their perfume is delicious.   There's also a  couple of green choisya shrubs that flowered earlier and produced lovely perfume too.

    There's another, as yet identified shrub, which produces clusters of tiny white flowers and they smell dreadful to me so I may well dig them out and move them away from the house this autumn on the assumption that insects like them.  If not, they're goners..

    The Vendée, France
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 1,791

    This one looks like Philadelphus Lemoinei. 

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 1,049


    Would that plant whose smell you dislike be a Ligustrum vulgare by any chance? http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/plant-finder/ligustrum-vulgare/

    My wife hates it!

    Last edited: 19 June 2017 16:27:46

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