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Date Photo Taken: 4/4/11
Location: Milton, GA
Posted By: swheat


This shrub volunteered in my back yard and I can’t ID it. Please don’t tell me it’s privet.


  1. Suzanne Unregistered says:

    Could be a fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus)?

    April 5th, 2011 at 4:05 pm
  2. Cynthia Unregistered says:

    Western White Cleamatis

    April 5th, 2011 at 9:19 pm
  3. kim Unregistered says:

    It is not privet, which has smaller leaves and no remarkable blooms. This is a beauty, though. I was hoping it was a fringe tree but the leaves appear too serrated.

    April 6th, 2011 at 12:16 pm
  4. Bobby Unregistered says:

    The bloom looks like Fothergilla. Compare it with this photo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:FothergillaMajor.jpg

    April 6th, 2011 at 7:57 pm
  5. Norma Flower Fanatic says:

    Looks like a grancy greybeard to me.

    April 6th, 2011 at 8:58 pm
  6. Lyle Flower Fanatic says:

    I would love to see a closer image of a leaf to help positively ID this. If you can post another photo, please do.

    It is definitely not privet.

    Although the bloom is close to a Fothergilla, it is quite different, and the leaves do not appear the same as a Fothergilla.

    The bloom looks very close to a Fringetree/Grancy Grey Beard/Chionanthus, but the leaves I see in the photo do not match up to my knowledge of a Chionanthus (both Chionanthus virginicus and Chionanthus retusus).

    I am not familiar with the Western White Clematis, but the leaves that are visible in the photo do seem closer to images of that Clematis. I am still not sure about it though.

    A close up photo of the leaf would help me a great deal.

    April 7th, 2011 at 12:00 am
  7. sunnysue2009 Flower Fanatic says:

    It looks a lot like the New Jersey tea shrub used by early American’s to replace China tea when times were hard.

    Ceanothus americanus / Family: Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn)



    April 7th, 2011 at 1:00 am

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