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Can anyone ID this shrub? It's in my neighbor's yard. I think it is probably some type of hedge, but it has not been trimmed for several years. My bees, along with butterflies and native bees, are all over this. The scent is like heaven.
We are in zone 5 here.
 

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This looks like it could be a member of the osmanthus family.
http://www.thefloweringgarden.com/osmanthus.htm

I cannot see it clearly, but osmanthus fragrans has tiny flowers like that and indeed smells like heaven. the leaves come to a bit more of a point but maybe another variety?

Flowers have 4 petals. If that is what you have, congratulations. The fragrance is incredible. You can also add the flowers to tea.
 

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Sorry about the quality of the picture. I know it's not a myrtle. Crepe Myrtles are borderline here. If they don't winter kill, they die back to the ground every winter. This does not describe these shrubs.
 

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Whatever it is, it's a good looking shrub and it's great the bees are enjoying it....I couldn't help but to think of Monty Python when I saw "shrub." Sorry, I might possibly have a warped since of appreciation for some low budget British films...ha! "and bring me....a shrubbery!"
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Looks a lot like wild boxwood that I have around here, never got a good smell of it though, will next year when it blooms again.

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can you post a clear close up of the flowers? did you check the osmanthus link above?
vermillion, I did see the osmanthus link. I got the impression that shrub is better suited for mild, southern climates. I'm afraid that is probably the best my camera can do. Those blooms are pretty small.

Hobie, It probably is some variety of privet, although the blooms don't look quite like your pictures.

blueblood, I love it when someone quotes a little "Python". "Nudge, nudge, wink, wink."
 
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