bangstrom
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Re: Lemon scented Iowa native?

Thank you. The pictures I found on-line certainly look like the plant I was looking for. There may be some individual variation but the ones I remember had a definite lemon scent. I have never seen any with fruit, possibly because they were too isolated to be pollinated or it was the wrong time of year, but that looks like the plant.

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Yeah maybe there's different varieties or maybe the conditions it is grown in (like my alkaline clay soil and not much sun) make a difference, but I don't even find the scent of mine very pleasant, like I said more pungent than spicy.
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rainbowgardener wrote:You can post your pictures here; instructions are in NEW TO HELPFUL GARDENER under Helpful Tips and Suggestions for New Members.

But I'm afraid you may be disappointed. I grow spice bush. To me the crushed leaves are pungent and maybe a little spicy, but not in the slightest citrus-y.
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That is sure a round about way to get a picture to you and I am not sure that it will help you.
I have been more research and have found that there are at least 4 kinds of Spicebush. ie. Lindera (Melissifolia), (Benzoin), (Subcoriacea) & (Melissifolia)
The one that more closely compares to mine is 'Subcoriacea' Bog Spice Bush. There are pictures of the flowers and stem at the following site. www.duke.edu/~cwcook/trees/lisu.html. Other sites also make mention of the lemon scent when you crush the leaves especially on new leaves and younger bushes. I still think mine may be a spice bush and several visitors have also commented on the lemon scent.
I also noticed today that some of the leaves are now turning yellow which also has been mentioned under the descriptions.
I'm hoping it will flower next spring and that will also help to verify what it is. I will keep you posted.

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