Plant ID forum→Bush ID Please!

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LaGrange Highlands, IL
Jun 4, 2018 8:48 AM CST
We have these bushes as hedges around our property. They were already there and many were dead due to nobody living there for years. I would like to replace them but have no idea what they are. They're currently about 10' tall and the flowers are a small light pink that are fragrant. Please help!
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Jun 4, 2018 9:30 AM CST

It's Linnaea amabilis (aka Kolkwitzia amabilis), beauty bush:

A spectacular shrub when in full bloom and good condition:

It struggles a bit with the winters here in Zone 4, I envy you having enough for a hedge!

One thing I notice is that you have another plant there mixed in with it, it looks like buckthorn, Rhamnus cathartica. Now that one is a weed if that's what it is.

You can rejuvenate the still living beauty bushes by cutting them almost to the ground.
LaGrange Highlands, IL
Jun 4, 2018 9:47 AM CST
Thank you so much! Yes, there are lots of weeds in all of the bushes. Some were salvageable and definitely don't look as nice as the pictures! We're trying our best to save what we can

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