tree that smells like honeysuckle?

gretchen658June 14, 2009

I've passed a few trees lately in the neighborhood that you can practically smell from a block away. It smells just like honeysuckle perfume to me, and I was under the assumption this was honeysuckle until I learned that was actually a vine. lol They've just started blooming in the past week or so here in Southern Indiana. Does anyone know what this could be?

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gardenlover25

A tree of jasmine flowers smells like a honeysuckle.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2009 at 4:05PM
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carol23_gw

Maybe Black Locust. You didn't describe the tree or flowers.

Here is a link that might be useful: Robinia

    Bookmark   June 14, 2009 at 4:42PM
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Carrie B

Lindens (tilia) are blooming here, now, they're one of my favorite plant fragrances.

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    Bookmark   June 14, 2009 at 4:46PM
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gretchen658

Sorry, not really sure how to describe that it's a very large shady looking tree. The flowers from the linden look like it could be it, but I didn't really pay enough attention to them. I'll have to take another look. Thanks!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2009 at 4:52PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

I thought of lindens too. There are several kinds but all have very rounded leaves with a point at the end. (fat heart shape)

    Bookmark   June 14, 2009 at 9:17PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Note also that many honeysuckles are non-vining shrubs.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 1:04AM
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catman529(6b)

bboy - Bush honeysuckle, at least the species in our area, blooms in early spring and doesn't have nearly as much fragrance as Japanese (vine) honeysuckle.

I know of a spot where some black locusts are growing right next to a big vine of Japanese honeysuckle - so I don't remember what black locust smells like but I do remember that is smells good (a lot better than Privet).

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 12:16PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

I was not saying plant in question would be a honeysuckle.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 12:31PM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

Black locust flowers smell a bit like grapes to me. Don't know how to describe the smell of Lindens but it is definitely nice.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 8:22PM
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weedwoman(z6 NJ)

I'd go with Linden too. The flowers aren't very noticeable but you can smell them from quite a distance away. Also, I was in Ohio a couple weeks ago and the Black Locusts were in bloom then; they'd be over now. And I think Basswood or American Linden (Tilia americana) is a pretty common wild tree out there.

WW

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 10:02PM
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