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Privet like foliage unscented lilac like blooms

Posted by chervil2 z5 MA (My Page) on
Mon, May 7, 12 at 9:33

I saw this beautiful shrub on Saturday in an old garden outside of Boston.

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RE: Privet like foliage unscented lilac like blooms

What do you mean by "privet type" foliage? Is it because the leaves are opposite one another? If so, it may be viburnum. The picture is too small to tell.


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RE: Privet like foliage unscented lilac like blooms

It really is very hard to see any identifying features in that picture, I'm afraid. Did you get any close ups of leaves or flowers? How many petals did the flowers have? How big was the shrub? The stems seem rather bald - is that the case?


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RE: Privet like foliage unscented lilac like blooms

Here is a link to Shutterfly and hope that will help. I took this one photo.

Here is a link that might be useful: Shutterfly link


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RE: Privet like foliage unscented lilac like blooms

Could you please respond as to why you consider the foliage to be "privet like"? Can you describe a leaf or the flower in more detail?


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RE: Privet like foliage unscented lilac like blooms

Privet like is not the best choice of words perhaps and I will substitute the terms bush-like,thin,and narrow. The Butterfly bush has similar foliage except the leaves are smaller. A flower head is comprised of individual blossums that remind me of flat lilac flowers.


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RE: Privet like foliage unscented lilac like blooms

I noticed that young azalea foliage has the same appearance. Could this be an azalea variety that has small flowers?


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RE: Privet like foliage unscented lilac like blooms

Please describe the arrangement of the leaves on the stem: opposite one another in pairs or alternately along the stem?


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Alternately arranged

When I blow up my one photo I see an alternate arrangement of leaves along the stem.


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RE: Privet like foliage unscented lilac like blooms

There don't appear to be many leaves but those I can make out don't look like privet or buddleja.

Have a look at Google images for various Ledums and see what you think. Just a thought - it's not a genus I know. Some Ledums have been reclassified as Azaleas.


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