sweet smelling bush

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Date Photo Taken: 4/19/2012
Location: Marietta, Ga
Posted By: patstafford


This is a large shrub, sweet smelling, small white flowers that grow in a grape type of cluster. The leaves of the shrub were slightly variegates green and yellow or white.
Would love to know what this plant is.


  1. LoisLaine Unregistered says:

    I would like to know what this is as well!! I think
    I have this in my backyard. It smells so nice and I cannot for the life of me find out the name of it. It’s become an obsession now!! Lol

    April 20th, 2012 at 10:34 am
  2. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    Yi Yi Yi!
    I think you’re smelling a Chinese privet….at least that’s the best I can make out from the pic.

    I don’t have to lecture you about how invasive it is.

    Promise me you’ll clip off and discard the seeds when seen this fall.

    April 20th, 2012 at 11:55 am
  3. LoisLaine Unregistered says:

    Can you send me a picture of what that looks like? This one in my yard is like a small tree. And my neighbors have it too but it lines thes back of their fence. It has been in the same spots for over a year. It doesn’t seem to be spreading. It doesn’t smell bad either. It’s very light but fragrant.

    April 20th, 2012 at 12:02 pm
  4. LoisLaine Unregistered says:

    Mine has smaller flowers. They only have 4 petals and 2 stamen coming out of them. The flowers are less than 1/2″ in size and on a cascading cluster.

    April 20th, 2012 at 12:05 pm
  5. buck Unregistered says:

    Better still, cut the thing down and dig the roots. Burn the whole pile. My mother planted it here in the 1940s because privet hedge was in style. It is now everywhere.

    April 20th, 2012 at 4:55 pm
  6. Lorraine Unregistered says:

    I found this site after checking Ask.com for name of sweet-smelling tiny white flower. The bush pictured above looks like the one in my back yard–at the edge of the woods. I find your answers very interesting. Sincere THANKS.

    April 30th, 2012 at 5:21 am
  7. Wendy Unregistered says:

    I think it is a Tea Olive.

    January 16th, 2013 at 9:20 am
  8. Jackie evans Unregistered says:

    I say this shrub and it has clusters of wellie flowers that smell heavenly. Can’t remember the name. Something edge!

    March 13th, 2015 at 11:59 am
  9. D. Jernigan Unregistered says:

    Walter Reeves is right. Chinese Privet

    April 21st, 2015 at 3:32 pm
  10. J. Doss Unregistered says:

    Looks like ligustrum to me. I’ve got some in my yard. Used to be a really popular shrub and some are still around. Not invasive.

    July 22nd, 2016 at 10:39 am
  11. Shirley Winters Unregistered says:

    My mother called this shrub “Sweet Melissa”. I have one in my front yard, exactly like the one pictured above. Mom gave me a cutting off of her shrub about 40 years ago. It has grown into a large blooming shrub, with tiny white wonderfully sweet fragrance flowers. when it’s in bloom you can smell it’s sweet fragrance on the other side of the house. Honeybees will swarm all over it gathering pollen and nectar.

    December 27th, 2016 at 8:51 pm

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