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Eleagnus pungens

Posted by Bellingham z8 WA (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 16, 05 at 0:55

I'm putting together my list of possibles for my landscape and I came across Eleagnus. I know smell is very subjective, but can someone try to help me with a description of the smell?

I think I may have smelled this before, but I'm not sure. I believe this is related to a bush that grows along ditch banks in central New Mexico, and has a very strong, musky, almost rotten, smell, a bit like a mix of ligustrum and just a dash of rotting garbage? I would describe it as not a very good smell, and I imagine many would be off-put. Do I have the right bush?


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RE: Eleagnus pungens

Elaeagnus pungens has a sweet scent, like gardenia (to my nose:)


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RE: Eleagnus pungens

Hmmm...Ok, I probably have the wrong bush. I'll investigate further at the nursery in spring (with my nose).
Thanks!


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RE: Eleagnus pungens

the fragrance reminds me of moonflower. it is musky floral but not "garbage-like" to me.


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RE: Eleagnus pungens

Ive had my eye on this shrub too, I pulled up this page the other day, it may be of some help Ive heard it has a sweet smell as well. If you find a good mail order source please do share.

floridata.com/ref/E/elaeag_p.cfm


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RE: Eleagnus pungens

I see that one of my local nurseries stocks E. multiflora, which is supposed to be fragrant also. Any know if it's more or less fragrant?

p.s. Thanks alr tom for the heads up on the spelling. That smoothed out my google searches a bit.


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RE: Eleagnus pungens

Not sure about multiflora, but E. pungens blooms in the fall (close to Halloween around here.) I got mine from Woodlanders several years ago, but Forestfarm has several varieties, too.
BTW, birds love the fruit and the branches are fairly thorny.

Here is a link that might be useful: NCSU Fact Sheet


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RE: Eleagnus pungens

Hey, maybe I need both. The one I saw on the local nursery webpage (E. multiflorus 'Sweet Scarlet') is a spring bloomer. Like I said, I'm putting together a whole list of fragrant plants, so the more the merrier...


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RE: Eleagnus pungens

Multiflora is not that fragrant from a distance, but as I posted on another thread, it does have a sweet scent, and if you have several mature plants, you will have some aroma therapy nearby.

I think pungens is more of a wafter, although my experience with it is limited. I do have 2 Goumi (E. multiflora), but I usually have to get close to the flowers to enrich my nostrils.


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RE: Eleagnus pungens

I have e pungens. It is a wonderful fragrance! Blooms in the fall and it waftes. If it didn't wafte I wouldn't even know it smelled, because they are located pretty far from my house and the flowers aren't noticable. After smelling them the first fall I went and bought 18 more and planted them as an enclosure around my yard. They get big, though, and they aren't that pretty.


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