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Amazin

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Yet another mystery plant for you
« on: July 28, 2005, 01:58:14 »
This was labelled as a pittosporum tenuifolium. However, when the blossom appeared I quickly realised that it didn't have the promised small maroon flowers with a noticeably heavy honey scent (well spotted, I hear you cry). I Googled and found around twenty other pittosporums but none match this.
So what is it?  ???

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Yet another mystery plant for you
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ACE

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Re: Yet another mystery plant for you
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2005, 08:23:22 »
Itea illicifolia

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Re: Yet another mystery plant for you
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2005, 08:28:06 »
Latin is soooo boring so try Holly Sweetspire a much better name.

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Re: Yet another mystery plant for you
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2005, 09:44:40 »
no ideal what it is but its lovely quite unusual

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Re: Yet another mystery plant for you
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2005, 10:13:21 »
Can't see the pic very well on my awful screen, but if catkins in winter period then its Garrya elliptica.

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Re: Yet another mystery plant for you
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2005, 11:24:27 »
I agree with Heritage, Itea illicifolia, a great plant.

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Re: Yet another mystery plant for you
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2005, 12:19:08 »
Looks like Itea Illicifollia should be scented if it is.

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Re: Yet another mystery plant for you
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2005, 22:30:42 »
I must admit I thought it might be an Itea (which is on my list of scented must-haves) when the buds first appeared, but the flowers aren't scented - or at least, you'd have to stick it right up your nose and inhale deeply to catch a whiff of anything. It's perfectly healthy and happy otherwise, though.
Does the scent increase as the plant gets bigger over the years?
If not, it may well appear in the swap shop!
Oh, and I know now what happened with the pittosporum - it was next to the itea. I just picked up the wrong one! D'oh!   ::)    ;D

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Re: Yet another mystery plant for you
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2005, 15:43:24 »
It is indeed a very pretty plant !  ;D
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Re: Yet another mystery plant for you
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2005, 03:30:10 »
I've noticed that this has been a poor year for scent, it's probably down to the drought. My crown imperials were really smelly, when normally I'll only notice when I dig a bulb up. Since then, nether my roses nor the Lilium regale have smelt noticeably at all.

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Re: Yet another mystery plant for you
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2005, 18:05:22 »
I've noticed that this has been a poor year for scent,

Thank God for that!  I thought me old snotterbox was up the creek.

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Re: Yet another mystery plant for you
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2005, 21:58:35 »
Wonder if it's May's lack of sun rather than rain, as I've kept all my shrubs pretty well watered so far. I'll give the itea another chance, then.
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Re: Yet another mystery plant for you
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2005, 13:51:55 »
I have an incredibly sensitive nose and was completely amazed by the lack of scent in much of my garden, I'm so glad it's not just me.  I blamed it on global warming, much as I do everything else that goes wrong.

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Re: Yet another mystery plant for you
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2005, 15:09:09 »
don't have to many plants in my garden with strong scent but the Lillie's are giving off really strong scent, even comes through bedroom window at night lovely

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Re: Yet another mystery plant for you
« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2005, 00:36:31 »
I suspect it's something to do with the rain. My crown imperials smelt on still damp days, while the roses and lilies flowered when it was very dry. I know that nectar from flowers dries up when the soil gets too dry, so it would make sense for scent to do the same.

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Re: Yet another mystery plant for you
« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2005, 09:04:57 »
 :) My lilies & roses have had their usual lovely heady scents this year & my giant lily is fantastic at the moment, have a bloom indoors & the whole ground floor smells of it , delicious...!!!! :) :) Will try & get a pic later
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Re: Yet another mystery plant for you
« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2005, 16:58:35 »
Have a feeling it could be Garrya Elliptica ( Silk Tassel bush)  the leaves in your photo seem a bit too big for Itea. ;)
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Re: Yet another mystery plant for you
« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2005, 14:39:39 »
Hey I have just asked for help growing this plant , and I can tell you it's an Itea Ilicifolia, how about that for coincidence

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Re: Yet another mystery plant for you
« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2005, 21:31:25 »
Ah, good, then maybe you can help us in the great Pong Debate - is your Itea in flower and if so - IS IT WHIFFY?

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Re: Yet another mystery plant for you
« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2005, 23:48:53 »
My Itea was flowering when I bought it at the Hampton Court Flower show at the beginning of July. I don't recall it having any smell, it finished flowering about three weeks ago.

 

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