What are these bushes with green or purple flower clusters?

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  1. bpelleri

    bpelleri New Seed

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    There seems to be two varieties of this bush growing untended near our property in Nova Scotia, Canada. It grows well from cuttings that have vegetative buds and not flower buds

    I attached 3 photos - two flowering branches and one vegetative.

    I really would like to know what this hardy bush is. Thanks!


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  2. fish_4_all

    fish_4_all In Flower

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    I got a cutting from my parents house of the same thing and they said it was a Laurel but I can not confirm this. Mine has yet to take root but it hasn't died with it being in water for well over a month now.
     
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    My first thought was mountain ash, Sorbus aucuparia, but then I thought they didn't have red blooms. So I searched a bit, and found they do. :D I found a variety called Sorbus aucuparia x Craetagus, from Ukraine. So I think you've got mountain ash, or rowan trees as we call them.
     
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    I am leaning more towards a Viburnum sort, bpelleri.
    The time of year for blooming is right.
     
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    I don't think it's Mountain Ash as it's too early for flower buds. I'm leaning towards Viburnum too.
     
  6. bpelleri

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    Here in Nova Scotia (zone 5), these bushes are some of the earliest plants to break dormancy which is some time in February. They are really nice to see :stew1:

    By March 15th the blossom clusters were putting out their first leaves when no other plant (except winter grains and Japanese Knotweed) had done so. Mountain ash is growing beside it and breaks dormancy about a month later.
     
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    Do the flowers have a very sweet fragrance when open?
     
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    And off I went outside to check out the Sambucus, Sorbus and Viburnum. :D None of the above mentioned are far enough along for me to say anything, bar that I think the leaves might be wrong for Viburnum.

    It might very well be a Sambucus.
     
  10. fish_4_all

    fish_4_all In Flower

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    Okay, if Bpelleri and I have the same thing this may help. The plant at my moms has a huge main trunk/stem at ground level. Last year it got over 20 feet tall. The flowers were very small and clustered like a small ball, not wide open and full. The flower clusters on mine were about the size of a silver dollar, maybe 1.5 inches across with about 80-120 flowers. The stem has a lot of little nodules/bumps on it and it is more woody than solid.

    I have had my cutting in water for 6-8 weeks and while the flowers did die the cutting has not and is still very green.
     
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    fish_4_all In Flower

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    Also, the leaves are in clusters, mine has 7 leaves per flower stem. My mom just told me that the flowers were white and it is puttiong out small berries that are green and not ripe. also, the leaves are serrated and thin.