fragrant flowering trees along driveway

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  1. lilred

    lilred Member

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    I live in zone 8/8b and would appreciate some suggestions for fragrant flowering trees or large shrubs that I can plant along side my driveway. The area gets full sun and I can only plant about 2 to 3 feet away from the driveway since it borders my neighbors yard. Something that would grow to about 12' to 15'.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    So 15' x 6'. Pretty limiting. Maybe some kind of flowering crab, like 'Adirondack'.
     
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    dt-van Active Member 10 Years

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    How about Viburnum tinus? It is an upright growing broadleaf evergreen (3-7 m tall) and has beautiful very fragrant flowers in ealy spring. The website http://www.hedgesdirect.co.uk/acatalog/viburnum_tinus.html has some good description and photos. The ones they show are little bushy hedge plants but if left unpruned it makes a great narrow tall shrub here in Vancouver. I believe it takes sun as long as it isn't too dry. I'm not sure if it would work in your particular climate but you could ask around.
     
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    Thank you for the suggestion, I had considered Viburnums because they have white flowers, which is what I would prefer. I would also like something with multiple trunks. The width of the tree is not really an issue, but something that will tolerate being planted close to a driveway and not infringe too much upon my neighbor's yard is preferrable I have asked his permission to plant something there since it will technically be in his yard.
     
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    You could look at Magnolias, too; M. grandiflora and M. stellata are hardy to your zone (and colder), and have lovely large white flowers that smell great. You can also, if you wish, train them into shrubs; I've seen it done here in Ecuador.

    Another option, if you take good winter care of it, is Frangipani. But you'd have to mulch and burlap-wrap it for the winter, because it's technically only hardy to Z9/9b.

    Sambucas (elderberries) are another option; I really like the sweet smell, and mine (which are the Andean variety) smell good for a fairly large radius around the tree. These are super-hardy, too, and some species have edible berries.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Flowers of V. tinus are not fragrant, however.
     
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    You could also take a look at:

    Japanese lilac - Syringa reticulata ' Ivory Silk' is a white flower form that makes a nice smallish tree to 20' or so tall, fabulously fragrant

    Sweet Olive - Osmanthus fragrans is an evergreen with a heavenly scent often occurring at times of the year when other species are not in bloom
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    The lilac is large- and wide-growing, and has a heavy odor like that of privet when in bloom. The osmanthus might do the trick if hardy there. It tends to have an upright habit and could take a long time to exceed the height cutoff, if it ever did. Its flowers are not conspicuous but their aroma is highly appealing to many.
     

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