local plant with wonderful smell on April 5, 2020

Asked June 22, 2020, 5:24 PM EDT

thank you for taking, like, 8 questions from me today!! i love your service!!

pictured is a plant on an abandoned property. it had a wonderful smell.
ignorantly, the pictured plant looks a little like my Elaeagnus multiflora. but the latter doesn't have a smell (that i can remember). awesome fruit though.... so i was too forgetful to go back and see what fruited, if anything, from the pictured flowers.

thanks you!,

Prince George's County Maryland

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You were on the right track with Elaeagnus. This is autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata). https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/view/1638

Unfortunately, it is another plant that has become invasive in natural areas of Maryland, https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/autumn-olive.

This article goes into further detail about its history. http://mdinvasives.org/iotm/march-2010/