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Plantidote of the Day 2011-05-17

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mystery tree

Mystery tree

A very common tree used for privacy screening here in Zone 10. The trees are fairly big, ten to twelve feet tall usually, and about half as wide. The leaves are like a ficus benjamina, maybe a bit bigger. Every spring, all the trees are covered with clusters of tiny white flowers that grow in cone shapes, like lilacs. They have a vague sweet fragrance, but not a jasmine scent at all. Anyone recognize this tree?

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Submitted by insanelysane on

This could be Osmanthus fragrans or maybe Prunus laurocerasus.

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Submitted by twig on

Osmanthus looks like the same plant -- yay!! But you get bonus additional hat tip for the Prunus suggestion, which turns out to be a future mystery plant (image below) that hadn't been posted yet.

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Thanks for those two!!

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Submitted by insanelysane on

What fun !!, twig.
I look forward to this relaxing retreat from the stresses of modern day life.
My garden is my refuge.

The truth lies in the topsoil.

I pledge to leave behind 7 more inches of topsoil on my land than when I began gardening here.
No better legacy.