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In Bloom

October 12, 2013

Eleagnus macrophyllaPlant name: Elaeagnus macrophylla

Location: Front gate

Plant notes: The subtle fragrance of Elaeagnus macrophylla, or oleaster, fills our entryway each fall. Have you noticed it? Growing up and around a large cedar tree (Cedrus libani) with our kiwi vine at the front fence, this shrub is as inconspicuous as its flowers. But, on closer inspection, the flowers are fragrant and charming and the leaves are silvery and undulating. Native to Korea and Japan, it is easy to grow and does well in a variety of conditions. Ours was grown from a cutting from the Ballard Locks.