I've been trying to identify this tree, found along the roadside in a hilly area of southwest Ireland (Cork). Some features:

  • Small, stiff, serrated leaves that look slightly similar to holly but not as glossy
  • Very dense clusters of small white flowers, very fragrant (can easily smell the tree from a few feet back)
  • Pleasant smell - similar to roses
  • Plant height is roughly 10-12ft high
  • Found on roadside directly adjacent to brambles, elder, and gorse

I've been all over numerous identification sites/apps/books, google image search, etc. and have yet to see a similar flower. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  • Are you able to add a photo of the whole plant - seeing overall growth habit is also very helpful for ID
    – Bamboo
    Jun 24, 2020 at 12:22

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Take a look at Olearia macrodonta (New Zealand Holly). According to this website, it's "Very well established throughout West Cork now."

  • Omg you found it! Thank you so much!!
    – kettultim
    Jun 24, 2020 at 12:30

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