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Plant ID MN Honeysuckle?  RSS feed

 
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Does anyone know what this is? Bush, dark green foliage and fragrant flowers that smell much like the honeysuckle I grew up with in Texas...more pics later of leaves but here is the flower. I have not seen a honeysuckle quite like this. Is this invasive...seems to grow quite well with little help or water. Jut don't want the birds to drop the seeds around and have it take over the woodlands...
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I am fairly certain this isn't honeysuckle. (I have a long standing love-hate relationship with the plant) The flower positions and shapes aren't right. I went so far as to look up pink honeysuckle, since I'd never seen any that was pink, but the pink variety has the same flower shape and clustering. I know that doesn't help figure out what it is, but it at least eliminates something that it isn't. It might be another related species from Siberia if it is sharing so many traits with standard bush honeysuckle.
 
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Thanks! You're right--the shape is the key!
 
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I believe I have figured it out--a Cherry Laurel or English Laurel. Flower shape is known as "bottlebrush"...need to read more about it but apparently smells a lot like honeysuckle!
 
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Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia). This is a cultivar with the pink flowers. Very nice clove scented flowers.

It isn't invasive and is native to the east coast where it grows in wet to moist/mesic conditions.
 
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I think you are right! Great! Thanks!
 
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