A tree/bush from Mt. Vernon – What is it?

A tree/bush from Mt. Vernon – What is it?

Hi all - my husband and I *finally* went to Mt. Vernon, the home of George Washington, even though we've lived in the area for almost a year.

My FAVORITE part of the whole day - the kitchen gardens and the "frou frou" gardens. I think they were DH's favorites too. Apparently, G. Washington was quite the garden and specimen collector. Anyway, there was a smallish tree/bush in the gardens that was absolutely beautiful, but I have no idea what it is. It had these very soft green buds in large bunches. They almost looked like hydrangea buds, but I don't think they were, as they were blooming like this way back in May.

The first two pics on the cut are the mysterious tree/bush, the rest are Mt. Vernon GARDEN PORN.


Any ideas of what it is? I would absolutely LOVE to put one in my garden.






The kitchen gardens, with beautiful lavender (I think):


Some leafy greens of undetermined identity:










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