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I used to have this woody shrub (see photos taken summertime) and it died due to Honey Fungus. I would love to get another one but I cant find out what it is called. We used to call it the coconut bush because of the sweet coconut like scent from the flowers. Anyway if you recognise it please let me know the real name.
Tony

Please help indentify this beautifully scented shrubPlease help indentify this beautifully scented shrubPlease help indentify this beautifully scented shrub

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  • Posted: Mon. 15th September 2014 17:24

Re: Please help indentify this beautifully scented shrub

Reply from Petra

It looks like a skimmia japonica (which has red berries in Autumn). Mine one flowers in late winter/early spring.

  • Posted: Mon. 15th September 2014 20:04

Re: Re: Please help indentify this beautifully scented shrub

Reply from Tony Yates

No its not Skimmia I'm afraid - no berries on this just fluffy seeds after flowering - also the woody stem is much rougher and paler.

  • Posted: Mon. 15th September 2014 21:54

Re: Re: Please help indentify this beautifully scented shrub

Reply from ELAINE HUTSON

rhaphiolepis indica

  • Posted: Tue. 16th September 2014 01:01

Re: Re: Re: Please help indentify this beautifully scented shrub

Reply from Tony Yates

Thanks Elaine thought you had it there but unfortunately no - my plant had no fruits just a profusion of fluffy seeds - I thought it might be Acokanthera but that has fruits too so cant be.
One other thing that may help - When cut, the stem was yellowy inside - not as bright yellow as mahonia wood but definately yellowish

  • Posted: Tue. 16th September 2014 09:20

Re: Please help indentify this beautifully scented shrub

Reply from Samantha Jane

Hi Tony,
Try an Olearia, e.g. avicenniaefolia, "Daisy Bush". Olearias have fluffy seed after highly scented flowers.
Best wishes,
Samantha Jane

  • Posted: Tue. 16th September 2014 17:57

Re: Re: Please help indentify this beautifully scented shrub

Reply from Tony Yates

Well done Samantha Jane - I think youve got it there. Well spotted particularly since the photo I posted was not my plant just one very like it. The Olearia avicenniaefolia flower and fluffy seeds look like mine and the leaves get more waxy with age (mine was 20 years old). Other Olearias have been described as having coconut scent so I think if mine was not avicenniaefolia then it was a cross with this.
Thanks
Tony

  • Posted: Tue. 16th September 2014 18:23