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**Shrub ID -- little pink Spring flowers, berries in Fall


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daisybeans

annapolis md
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Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:02 am   Post subject: **Shrub ID -- little pink Spring flowers, berries in Fall


We always called this a Zebelia bush... but I can't find any info about a shrub by that name. Someone has also called it by a common name, Honeysuckle bush... It gets these little pink flowers in the Spring and then some berries in the Fall that the birds love. It's about 5' x 4'.

Anybody recognize it?








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kaseylib

Wisconsin
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Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:10 am   


Definitely looks like a honeysuckle (Lonicera), not positive on the species or cultivar though. The hummers love them!

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Palustris


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Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:36 am   


Lonicera of the shrubby type rather than the climbing ones. There are quite a few, possibly Lonicera tatarica Zabelii, hence your name for it.

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daisybeans

annapolis md
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Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:40 am   


Thanks guys! That is it -- mystery solved.

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Netty


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Southern Ontario zone 5a
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Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:00 pm   


I just love those shrubs! I dug one up from the ditch last spring and moved it to my yard. I hope it blooms this year Smile

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daisybeans

annapolis md
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Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:11 am   


It is pretty carefree. It gets a little scraggly looking but you can prune it way down and it will quickly grow back up just so pretty! I remember helping to plant it as a kid, maybe I was 9 or 10. It is one of the few plants my mom actually "bought" at a nursery and I remember clearly the nursery guy telling use that it would attract birds and hummers, so that is why we picked it. It's neat that you got a bush from a ditch, Netty -- we used to dig stuff out of the woods and bring home to plant in the yard. We'd get plants from all kinds of places. I'll bet yours will bloom. I hope it does!

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