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Pink flowering shrub with a scent of TCP?

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almondfinger Mon 04-Apr-16 20:14:34

I took a cutting of a shrub yesterday and didn't get to plant it on till this morning.

The whole house smells of TCP. We don't own a bottle of same.

DH says it's the plant. It had a really soapy sap, is covered in deep pink tiny flowers along the branch.

Any ideas?

almondfinger Mon 04-Apr-16 20:17:56

I think it's possibly Daphne from google images. Anyone got a TCP scented Daphne?

RatherBeRiding Mon 04-Apr-16 20:20:40

Can you post a pic - could it be Viburnum?

almondfinger Mon 04-Apr-16 20:59:58

No, I've cut it down and taken most apart to try to root it. Not viburnum, have one in the garden. This has little flowers all along the branch.

Kbear Mon 04-Apr-16 21:12:34


TheNoodlesIncident Mon 04-Apr-16 23:15:45

It's Gaultheria I bet. The smell is so distinctive.

TheFogsGettingThicker Tue 05-Apr-16 09:51:38

Second Gaultheria - used to sell it in my florists and we were always amazed by the TCP smell!

Kr1stina Tue 05-Apr-16 11:08:14

Gaultheria smells of wintergreen . But I thought it was the leaves when crushed and not the flowers .

Kr1stina Tue 05-Apr-16 11:09:51

We need a photo. Are you in the UK? It's just I don't know many people taking cuttings this early .

almondfinger Tue 05-Apr-16 21:47:51

It's not Gaultheria.

I'll take a pic tomorrow and post. It left the house yesterday and there is still a small of tcp.

We had guests over the weekend who are coming back Thurs on way to airport. I'll ask if they had any tcp spills. But I would have noticed, its strongest in the kitchen.

Tomorrow I will have to steam and wipe down every surface. Now I don't mind tcp but the rest of the family are not so keen.

Not skimmia either.

I take cuttings almost anytime. Some take some don't. I'm in Ireland.

Kr1stina Wed 06-Apr-16 05:04:22

Ah, you will probably be a month ahead of me, as I'm in Scotland . I don't have much new growth yet, decidous shrubs are barely in bud .

Pink shrub covered in flowers with strong smell does sound like a viburnum or a daphne , like this one

But the smell of both of them is usually described as sweet .

Kr1stina Wed 06-Apr-16 05:17:02

Could it be a sarococcus ( I think there's a pink tinged one ) , chimonanthus or lonicera ? I think it's too late for most of them , ditto hamamelis .

almondfinger Wed 06-Apr-16 21:06:04

this is it, now I've chopped it down. I think it may be a Daphne.

Defo not sarococcus, love that scent, have one by the front door. Flowers gone over now.

MeDearNoDear Wed 06-Apr-16 21:15:43

Looks like a type of Ribes - flowering currant. Though the one I've got smells of cat pee...

almondfinger Wed 06-Apr-16 21:39:13

MedearNoDear, that's it.

Thank you, I'll go and read more. DH tells me I need to plant it in the furthest part of the garden.

House guests returning briefly tomorrow so will also quiz on a possible stealth use of TCP

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