I am ill-informed when it comes to trees, flowers, and gardening. Frequently, I go to Ask.com and write my question. About four this morning, couldn’t sleep, got up to seek information about a tree at the edge of my yard. It is directly across from my patio doors so I see it every time I step outdoors. There are small sweet-smelling white flowers. I was curious about the name of the plant. Well, I learned far more than I anticipated!! I read several web sites and found the Chinese privet is NOT a tree to brag about. Problem plants. Plant guide. In spite of its negative reputation, I’m enjoying the pungent aroma.