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ID on fragrant shrub please

GuybrushGuybrush Posts: 172

Hi folks!

There's a very fragrant shrub at the local playground. It has been formed into a hedge by the council and doesn't look very interesting but it has a lovely scent. I noticed it the other day as I was cutting through the park. It has a lily type scent and has shiny leaves with raised specks on them. The flowers as you can see in the picture are small white bells and is flowering now.







  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,743

    elaeagnus ebbingei

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,024

    Agree with Hostafan. Sweet smell this time of the year.

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  • GuybrushGuybrush Posts: 172

    Thanks for the ID, I've not heard of that one before. It's nice to have something smelly this time of year. I might get myself one for the front garden. Any idea if they can be kept small or it is just a matter of hacking it back every so often?



    Last edited: 01 October 2016 00:57:33

  • It's potentially a big shrub, so not one to be kept easily under 5 or 6ft.  Widely used by landscapers as it's such a good 'doer', but it has a certain appeal. The scent is as sweet as any star plant.  Just one tiny flower is amazingly powerful.  


  • Around this time of year that councils are apt to 'tidy' their shrubs, Guybrush: I'd go for a stroll with a poly bag and see if their follow-up team have left a few 'cuttings' under the skirts of the shrub you're interested in...??  (time passes...) If the rooted cuttings 'take', there should be enough to pot up after a winter in a sheltered corner or coldframe. Good luck!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,366

    I have several shrubs that started that way David image

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,024

    Guybrush "I might get myself one for the front garden."

    IMHO elaeagnus ebbingei is best suited for hedges. As an individual standalone subject, it does not have a nice habit, as it tends to grow untidy shoots all over the place. I would not recommend it unless you have plenty of space and are ready to trim it twice a year.

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  • They do make good hedges but the sad thing is that the flowers are lost, then, for the most part. Having said this, I am struggling to think of another late-flowering, highly scented shrub. There are Buddleia (also horrid habit) and some Mahonia are coming into flower.

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,024


    Buddleia is not late-flowering. What about Abelia  × grandiflora ?

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  • MayLaneMayLane Posts: 203

    I love Christmas Box / Sacrococca confusa. Smells beautiful in Winter with white flowers. Also has black berries. I have just bought a couple for the front garden. Bit boring looking however,  but I think the scent is worth it. 

    Last edited: 04 October 2016 10:53:49

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