Plant ID forum: Fragrant bush smells like Jasmine

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AlyssaBlue
May 26, 2018 11:04 PM CST
I am stuck on the ID for this bush, any help would be appreciated! I think it smells like Jasmine, but the flowers hang, and are not upright on the branch. This bush is about 5 feet tall, growing near water. It is filled with flowers and smells wonderful! I've only found one, there are no other bushes like it around the area.

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HamiltonSquare
May 26, 2018 11:27 PM CST
Looks like it could be an Osmanthus.
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Silversurfer
May 27, 2018 3:03 AM CST
It is Elaeagnus...probably Elaeagnus umbellata...scent is amazing!

"Known as Japanese silverberry, umbellata oleaster, autumn olive, autumn elaeagnus, or spreading oleaster."

https://gobotany.newenglandwil...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

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Ohio (Zone 5b)
AlyssaBlue
May 27, 2018 7:08 AM CST
Thank you- they both are close but I'm not sure it's either. I will get a photo this afternoon and post a clearer picture.
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greene
May 27, 2018 7:41 AM CST
It is a type of Elaeagnus, but these plants hybridize so you may not find an exact match.
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Ohio (Zone 5b)
AlyssaBlue
May 27, 2018 11:16 AM CST
Oh, I wonder if this is the bush that someone told me is so invasive, because I remember them saying the bush with the red berries was a bad one and to remove it. OK, now I have to go investigate!
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Calif_Sue
May 27, 2018 2:26 PM CST

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Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
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Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
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ViburnumValley
May 27, 2018 4:00 PM CST
Yes, Autumn Olive, and it IS invasive in Ohio.

Remove before more fruit mature and get distributed by wildlife.
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Ohio (Zone 5b)
AlyssaBlue
May 27, 2018 7:14 PM CST
Thank you- I found more bushes today and I realized those little red berries that come later in the year ARE the invasive bush someone mentioned several years ago. I just did not know the name or put the flowers/berries together. It all makes sense now.

Talk about a love/hate relationship- it smells so nice, and is yet so bad.... Crying

Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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ViburnumValley
May 29, 2018 1:31 PM CST
Alas, that is the nature of the unwanted...

Here is some additional information generated by your good folks in Ohio: http://bygl.osu.edu/node/1038

That's a great bulletin to subscribe to - loads of quality stuff applicable across the midwestern states about birds, bugs, bees, plants, problems, and always full of swell pictures.

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greene
May 29, 2018 2:30 PM CST
I have some of the same plants and I need to get rid of it before it spreads any more.

There is a method of getting rid of unwanted or invasive woody plants; look for the Hack and Squirt method. Here are just two examples:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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