Identification of wild shrub

rlhicks(7b Commerce GA)April 9, 2006

The photos linked below are of a wild shrub growing wild on my property in Commerce, Georgia (USA). These pictures were taken today.

The plant is abundant locally, and is presumably a native species, but I don't recall having ever seen it before moving here.

Small specimens are numerous as an understory plant, especially in low-lying woods. Where they receive more sun, like at the edges of lawns and clearings they often grow to more than 10 feet.

What is it?

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Are the flowers fragrant and the undersides of the leaf silver? If so, you have Autumn olive or Elaeagnus umbellata, an Asian introduction.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2006 at 9:06PM
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here is one link

if you want to learn how to set the link yourself email me
I will make a jpg with instructions.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2006 at 9:07PM
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rlhicks(7b Commerce GA)

The leaves are much smaller than Elaeagnus umbellata although the shape of the blossoms is almost identical. From above the leaves look a lot like common privet in size and shape, with the bottoms looking just a little whitish. The jpgs named top and bottom show both sides of the leaves of a twig, with a shoe for scale. The plant is in bloom only a short time, and small green berries follow. I don't recall exactly how long last year's berries remained attached, but they were not conspicuous at any stage, and I don't recall any color other than green. I also did not notice how many seeds they contained. The bush is deciduous and leafs out just before blooming. In fall the leaves yellow somewhat before dropping.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2006 at 12:08AM
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How about Russian olive?

Found a cool site

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Maybe they can help? Note this site deactivated my back button so you will have to use the History button to return.


    Bookmark   April 10, 2006 at 4:30AM
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rlhicks(7b Commerce GA)

Russian has larger and more slender leaves, and much larger fruit. Also, my location is outside the known range of russian olive, and these things abundant here.

Jerry, thanks for the tip on setting the links.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2006 at 11:56AM
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My pleasure!

Found this link to a site with images. I haven't the time
to look at them all but maybe it would be easier for you
to compare them.

Georgia Natives


    Bookmark   April 10, 2006 at 2:55PM
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nancybea(7b/8a , Athens.)

This is such a coincidence. When I saw the topic of your question over on the Gerogia page, I thought that maybe I could post a similar one trying to ID a shrub I found several of in the field behind my house yesterday. Well after looking at your pictures, I believe it's the same shrub. VERY fragrant. That's what attracted me to it. Tiny creamy white tube shaped flowers. Scrappy looking shrub. I would also love to know what this is. I live about 45 minutes from Commerce in Oconee County.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2006 at 9:18PM
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Another coincidence. I found this thread while trying to ID this same shrub.
I'm in central Ohio, where it's growing in an old farm field left fallow for a few years.
I tried that Georgia natives link, but found nothing.
Any luck with the ID?

    Bookmark   May 6, 2006 at 8:58AM
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I know it's hard to believe but Autumn Olive was actually promoted and distributed as a wildlife habitat plant until just recently.
I was involved in a invasive removal on Nature Conservancy property which was infested with AO. Here's what we did. Larger plants were cut close to ground with chainsaw. Stump was painted with full strength herbicide. Tops were taken to composting facility, ground up and composted.
This site must be monitored because years worth of seed had been built up in the soil. A backpack sprayer took care of subsequent seedlings.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2006 at 1:22PM
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okay me and my buddy found this plant out in the marshes/woods in a small patch and its got dark green oval shaped and non lobed leaves, and the veins are a lighter shade of green and are almost gridded. the picture is kinda crappy so i tried to describe it as best i could. only one question remains...what is it?

    Bookmark   May 17, 2011 at 8:08PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Forester40, is your post for real or a joke?

1. Your post is not even about Rlhicks' initial question, so doesn't belong in his/her thread.

2. You don't say where in the world you are, which would make identification hard even with a MUCH better description.

3. Your description is very poor/incomplete.

If your request is a serious one, I suggest you take the time to formulate a much better description, start your own thread, and consider posting it in the Name That Plant Forum. And, if you have a picture, even a not-so-good picture might be better than none at all.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2011 at 12:50AM
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