The question was asked the other day during a stroll along the south side of the A.J. Stephens House, "Is that a snowball bush?"
And I said, "no," because my mind was full of images of larger shrubs with larger and more tissue-like blossom clusters that bloom a little later.
But the two are closely related, both members of the Viburnum family.
Now if I could just figure out which variety this lovely smallish bush is.
I flourishes in what for many plants would be hostile territory --- right up against a masonry wall in full sun in deplorable soil trapped between a sidewalk and the house. I blooms in early spring. It grows slowly. And it smells great.
Whatever it is, the historical society's retired chief gardener, Kay Brown, showed considerable wisdom when she planted it there.