rainbowgardener wrote:You can post your pictures here; instructions are in NEW TO HELPFUL GARDENER under Helpful Tips and Suggestions for New Members.
But I'm afraid you may be disappointed. I grow spice bush. To me the crushed leaves are pungent and maybe a little spicy, but not in the slightest citrus-y.
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That is sure a round about way to get a picture to you and I am not sure that it will help you.
I have been more research and have found that there are at least 4 kinds of Spicebush. ie. Lindera (Melissifolia), (Benzoin), (Subcoriacea) & (Melissifolia)
The one that more closely compares to mine is 'Subcoriacea' Bog Spice Bush. There are pictures of the flowers and stem at the following site. www.duke.edu/~cwcook/trees/lisu.html. Other sites also make mention of the lemon scent when you crush the leaves especially on new leaves and younger bushes. I still think mine may be a spice bush and several visitors have also commented on the lemon scent.
I also noticed today that some of the leaves are now turning yellow which also has been mentioned under the descriptions.
I'm hoping it will flower next spring and that will also help to verify what it is. I will keep you posted.