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Location: Columbus, Ohio

Early in the season, maybe too early to identify.

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It's a viburnum of some type, possibly a Viburnum carlesii or V.x burkwoodii cultivar if the flowers are fragrant. There are a large number of cultivars in the Viburnum genus, from many species, which can make identification somewhat tricky from a photo.

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  • Oh the smell is extremely strong once it blooms. In fact, my wife and I wonder if someone is smoking marijuana or if a skunk died sometimes.
    – Evil Elf
    Apr 17 '20 at 22:11
  • Hmm. This sounds like a plant that has flowers that are fly-pollinated rather than bee-pollinated. The two suggestions in my answer are bee-pollinated.
    – Jurp
    Apr 18 '20 at 14:03
  • OK, I've checked some references. The two possibilities are mentioned are considered to be fragrant and smell like cloves. Personally, I find both types very pleasing - something to go out of your way to sniff.
    – Jurp
    Apr 18 '20 at 14:33
  • I would use word Pungent to describe the smell.
    – Evil Elf
    Apr 18 '20 at 19:26

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