Small, fragrant white flowers in Fall on shrub (ID complete)

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Date Photo Taken: October 30, 2010
Location: Lawrenceville, GA
Posted By: dpa


This is a volunteer plant (shrub or small tree) that came up in a side lot. In late October, it bore small, very fragrant white flowers which have now faded to a pale yellow. The color of the underside of the leaves is a light tan. Thanks for any suggestions to ID this plant.


  1. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Ugly Agnes! See more from Walter here:

    October 31st, 2010 at 12:10 pm
  2. Norma Flower Fanatic says:

    Now, Bobby! If the Ugly Agnes (Elaeagnus)is properly pruned and cared for,it can be a real asset in your garden!

    I have two that I planted about 30 years ago. Several years later we built a new house on the property and sort of abandoned the area where the Eleangus was planted. It has grown to about 30 feet high and I’m not even gonna guestimate the circumference. (Hubby keeps the undergrowth cut out with a bushhog).

    However, it is invasive and requires diligence in control. Not only in size, but birds scatter the seeds unmercilessly.

    I have two more in the yard of the newer house, but keep them pruned and ‘within bounds’. But I’ve told my children that if I become incapable of taking care of my yard to remove the Elaeagnus (along with some other plants that requires serious attention).

    All types of Birds nest in these shrubs and the aroma of the fall blooms is totally intoxicating.

    But I’d not recommend it for novice gardeners; only to the most dedicated of gardeners and/or landscapers.

    November 1st, 2010 at 8:03 am
  3. dpa Apprentice says:

    Thanks for the response. Yes, that’s it. Now, I’ll have to decide whether I’ll allow “Agnes” to continue to live next door.


    November 1st, 2010 at 11:24 am
  4. Camilla Barnes Unregistered says:

    Great! I have this in my yard, i recognize the fruit. it has thorns but the fruit looks good. I tasted it and it is like a sour cherry. It is vigorous. The birds like it so we did not destroy it and it screens us from neighbors.

    November 8th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

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