The pictured evergreen shrub was planted in Seattle about ten or twelve years ago. It was about 2 feet high at the time, and is now about 4 ft. high by 3 ft. wide, so is rather slow-growing. It blooms in late March, as shown in second photo. There is little to no scent in the flowers or leaves.

small shrub

small shrub closeup


I would suggest Tasmannia lanceolata (Drimys lanceolata / Pepper Bush) which seems to fit geographical location and morphological appearance, except for the fact that the OP claims no aroma from leaves. Is it possible that the aroma emerges from dried leaves I wonder?

  • I chanced to see some new potted shrubs being planted recently, and they looked very much like the plant in question. The labels did indeed say "Drimys lanceolata". I visited my shrub yesterday and tasted a leaf. A very peppery taste resulted eventually, so BINGO! I never thought to sample a leaf before, due to the total absence of scent.
    – kreemoweet
    Oct 13 '18 at 4:06

Abelia X grandifolia. Used to be called https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linnaea_%C3%97_grandiflora

Abelia images Your pictures sure look similar...

REVISION; Try a similar plant; Skimmia japonica..Skimmia japonica

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    No, abelia flowers are more tubular and the leaves are different as well.
    – Peter4075
    Apr 27 '18 at 7:51
  • Oh my goodness, this isn't Daphne is it?
    – stormy
    Apr 27 '18 at 10:05
  • Daphne odora...does it smell almost too intoxicating? shadygardens.files.wordpress.com/2007/11/daphnenewphoto.jpg
    – stormy
    Apr 27 '18 at 10:14
  • @stormy: I wish. Daphne-scented air is the best air. I updated question.
    – kreemoweet
    Apr 28 '18 at 0:25
  • I knew you would know that smell...on wards!
    – stormy
    Apr 28 '18 at 1:46

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