Elaeagnus umbellata from Jordan South Carolina

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Multitude of these plants growing on my property in full shade of a mature overhead canopy consisting of hardwoods. Range between 3 and 10 ft tall and covered in soft green leaves and clusters of tiny white trumpet shaped flowers the entire length of the plant. Smells delicious.

Hi Jordan,

this is an Autumn olive, Elaeagnus umbellata.  It is commonly planted for wildlife use of the berries. The flowers do smell wonderful!  However, it can become invasive as birds spread the seeds. Some areas prohibit its planting because of this. It is not native.


Steven Hill, Ph.D., Botanist, SCNPS

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