To one side of our driveway sits a rather tall shrub. And by the looks of things, you can just tell that it has seen better days. When we first moved in late last summer, I thought for sure that it was some kind of magnolia. I waited this spring for it to bloom and to my dismay, nothing happened. Then the leaves began to emerge, followed a few weeks later by these springy white flowers.
The leaves are handsome enough but otherwise the shrub is rather unremarkable. The flowers (if you can consider them flowers) have no detectable scent and the leaves just turn brown and fall off during the autumn.
At this point, I'm left with two basic questions - 1) What is this plant? 2) More importantly, why on earth would anyone grow it?