My appologies for just barging in as a first time visitor with a
question but I am stuck. I have spent hours online trying to identify
this lovely bush, its flowers with the most beautiful fragrance, but
with little success. It grows here in Michigan USA woodland
clearings, I have seen it up around 8 feet high, green leaves that are
silver underneath ovate toothless wavy edges alternating pinnate
reddish leafstalks and branches, small whitish tubular flower clusters
along the branch in Spring pointing down with a strong pleasing
fragrance, and reddish berries in fall. I have a few photos at the
link below, click on the photos to enlarge...
the plant in question is some species of Lonicera(honeysuckle). I have seen
them growing everywhere in the northern lower penninsula where they have
basically taken over. Im not sure if it is Lonicera fragratissima or L. mackii
or some wierd hybrid. Anyway they sure smell nice, you can drive down the road
and the air is thick with thier fragrance.
Thank you, Toad. It does resemble Honeysuckle but it is neither
Lonicera fragrantissima or L. maackii whose blooms are irregular and
leaves in opposition while mine has radially symmetrical blooms and
alternating leaves (plus the silver underside) and I couldn't find a
close match with others. As you said maybe a hybrid, I will continue
firstname.lastname@example.org (Marley1372) wrote in message
On 20 Sep 2003 19:12:48 -0700, email@example.com
(Michael Baribeau) wrote:
Ugh! It sounds like the evil Autumn Olive (elaeagnus
umbellata). Try doing a Google search using the latin name.
It has been listed as a noxious weed in West Virginia. Other
states have listed it as an invasive species.
The following link may help:
They really do have a potent fragrance, almost intoxicating
in the spring time. They are also really difficult to
kill/eradicate. I have a lot of them around the place. I
didn't even need to look at your photos. The description you
gave was plenty...
They use to be a recommended planting for wildlife, but not
anymore here in Michigan. I wouldn't recommend encouraging
them to grow in your area at all. You will regret it...
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