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Tall shrub, white flowers - please can you identify

Big Blue SkyBig Blue Sky Posts: 689
Probably it’s something very well known, so everybody except for me would know what it is. 

I would like to know too please ☺️


  • Buzzy2Buzzy2 Posts: 135

    Looks like Privet, to me
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,114
    me too.  Usually grown as a hedge and kept clipped so no flowers but we have inherited a lone one here that does that.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Big Blue SkyBig Blue Sky Posts: 689
    Thank you @Buzzy2 and @Obelixx
    I thought it would be something common, but Privet! It’s so beautiful right now and bees love the flowers (and so do I). 😊
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,022
    I agree privet, I have it growing wild here and it can take over everything if not hacked back. In fact, I’m sure it was Obelixx that ID’d it for me! Weird smell though, bit marmite.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • Big Blue SkyBig Blue Sky Posts: 689
    That’s true, the smell is not particularly exciting, but the shrub it self looks great and gives us excellent privacy screen as it stays green all winter long and it’s tall enough at this stage. I wish the neighbours on the other side would grow them too 😄
  • peteSpeteS Posts: 920
    I know smell is very subjective, but I'm afraid I'd be hard pressed to name a plant/shrub with a worse smell when in flower than privet.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,178
    I love the smell. It reminds me of endless school holidays. Early childhood in north London, there was little else plant life.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,768
    Im another who lives the smell of flowering privet ... it reminds me of summer holidays in Brittany 😎 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,227
    Extremely good for pollinators despite the smell, and food for Privet Hawk Moths
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    It's the smell of Wimbledon.
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