The Q&A Archives: Searching for Information on "Bubbie Bush"

Question: My neighbor recently transplanted a young shrub to his yard. He said it is called a "bubbie bush". I tried to identify it with my tree books, but could not. It was bitten back twice by late frost so I haven't seen it greened out yet. It has opposite leaves, which should narrow the possibilities. He describes it as having a very fragrant, but inconspicuous bloom; with blue/black berry like fruit. Can you help? Gary Richards Watauga, TN

Answer: There are several dogwoods and several viburnums that have blue/black berries. I'm afraid that's about as close as I can come with the information you have. If your neighbor doesn't mind, snip off a small branch and bring it to an extension agent (or see if one will come to you) and have him or her identify it for you. A tree key (a detective style tree identification book) might come in handy too.To get the number of the extension office near you, call: 615-974-7114

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