Fragrant tree for ID

tropical_philippinesApril 8, 2010


I've been bothered by this fragrant tree in my neighborhood which has a powerful sweet fragrance but with a heavy base note to its scent which gives me a headache. At first I thought the fragrance was from my michelia alba but when I recognized the same fragrance when I went to another place, I instantly recognized it as coming from this same tree.

Please help me identify this fragrant tree.

Tree structure:

Close up of fragrant flowers:

Anybody can help me ID this fragrant tree? Thanks in advance!


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Agalia Odorata

Here is a link that might be useful: is this it?

    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 11:05AM
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That looks like some kind of cedar tree.
Perhaps the West Indian Cedar (Cedrela odorata) or the Cigar Box Tree (Cedrela fissilis). My third guess would be a Spondias cytherea tree, but that is a weak guess as I don't know if they bloom that heavily.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 11:29PM
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Thanks for the suggestions, mango and trini. Looked for photos on your suggestions but it seems none of them fit.

The leaves are actually small, slender and triangular and pointed at the tip (or somewhat diamond shaped, not rounded or oval). The edges of the leaves are serrated (not visible in the pictures).

The width of the leaves is about an inch at its widest and the length, about 4 inches. The flowers are very small, less than 5mm and I don't see any fruits (they may be very small too).

The tree is tall (above 20 ft), taller than my mango tree or coconut tree.


    Bookmark   April 9, 2010 at 8:43AM
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? neem tree.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2010 at 8:40PM
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Azadirachta indica or Melia azadirachta i.e. Neem tree, they are literally thousands of them growing in our region...


    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 6:11AM
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my first thoughts were pecan tree. the leaves look very similar but the flowers are different.

have you noticed any fruits/nuts on this tree last year?

    Bookmark   June 9, 2010 at 5:40AM
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steveandjoy(z10 BGI)

Definitely a Neem tree in full bloom! I have them in my garden.


    Bookmark   June 13, 2010 at 8:30PM
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please tell me what the name of this tree.?

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 12:59AM
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