id flowering plant please

v1rtJuly 3, 2009

I biked today at Prairie Trail. Most of the trails are in forest preserves. Anyways, there is plant/shrub about 6 ft tall that I saw. It had white flowers that looks very similar to the flowers of viburnum or dogwood. When I got close to it, I fell in love with the scent. It was so vivid that even from 20 ft away, I can smell it. It was so sweet. It was on an open area. I guess, there were like 15-25 of them.

Anyways, I cut it so I can take a pic once I get home. However, when I arrived home, it was wilted. Hopefully, you'll still be able to id it.

Here she is.

Thanks in advance! :)

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    Bookmark   July 3, 2009 at 9:52PM
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I searched for sambucus and the link below is what I found. Based from the description on the link, it doesn't have dark leaves.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sambucus

    Bookmark   July 3, 2009 at 10:08PM
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Elderberry. It is in bloom all over New England now. Just Google elderberry to see which species you have. There are so many things you can do with this shrub, from jam to wine.

It's a wonderful large shrub with lots of folklore associated with it. Tends to like moist soil. The Latin name of the genus is Sambucus, as rodja said.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2009 at 10:39PM
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Also, it's on an open area, full sun. There were no big trees beside it. It's a forest preserve. So I don't think someone is watering it, just nature.

Ok, I will search for Elderberry. I was thinking of purchasing one but I'm worried that it might be invasive! Like what I said above, I saw them in large groups this morning.

Are they invasive? Also, the fragrance is totally different from lilac. I saw a description earlier on the web and it mentions that the fragrance is similar to lilac. I quite disagree with the article I saw. I can say that it was somewhat similar to the fragrance of Dama de Noche but much more sweeter like a candy.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2009 at 11:21PM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Not invasive but relished by deer.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 5:57AM
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"relished by deer." It all depends. Our white tail deers don't like it so it's a great shrub for our area. I actually just bought another 'Black Lace'.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 7:26AM
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Is black lace also very fragrant?

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 9:52AM
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