Identification

lmm1220March 11, 2014

This plant has been growing in our backyard since before we moved in. It's a tall bush/small tree with multiple trunks and peeling light brown bark. The honeybees seem to love it come early spring and it's flowers are very fragrant, almost reminds me of the smell of Fruit Loops. They also seem to resemble honeysuckles in shape but are much much smaller. Any help would be much appreciated!

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lmm1220

A photo of the trunks

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 2:34PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

looks like a witch hazel of some sort? (Hamamelis)

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 2:47PM
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SusanC(9b/10a Sunset 17)

I think it may be Lonicera fragrantissima, winter honeysuckle.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lonicera fragrantissima

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 2:58PM
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carol23_gw

Yes, it's Lonicera fragrantissima.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 2:59PM
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lmm1220

thanks so much!
I thought that they might have been part of the honeysuckle family but thought they only grew on vines. You learn something new everyday!

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 4:05PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

I have never worked out the difference between L fragrantissima and L x purpusii 'Winter Beauty'. Can anyone enlighten me? From the OP's picture couldn't it be either?

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 5:12PM
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carol23_gw

I have not seen L. purpusii here. The following is a description from a website :
Lonicera ÃÂ purpusii 'Winter Beauty' is a rounded deciduous or sometimes semi-evergreen shrub with colourful red-purple young shoots and dark green leaves.

Lonicera fragrantissima is widely planted here. It has bluish leaves and no colorful young shoots as far as I can recall.
Dirr's book states it has " dull dark bluish green leaves in summer"/

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 6:25PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Thanks, Carol23. I can't recall seeing the two different twig colours but L purpusii is widely planted so I'll just have to take a closer look next time I see a winter flowering honeysuckle. My own is L fragrantissima, I believe, but I'm not even sure of that ;-)

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 2:59PM
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