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Can anyone help me identify this stinky tree???

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Ladygaggia Mon 08-May-17 10:02:53

It's growing in my garden (I rent) and it has rounded purple leaves on one side with light green colour on other side. It has spines and clusters of yellow flowers. The flowers produce a strong scent of...well, in my opinion - semen!

I have googled and it isn't a linden tree - which is what comes up if you google the distinctive smell!!!

MissWilmottsGhost Mon 08-May-17 10:04:35

Have you got a picture of the tree? It is easier to tell from the height and shape rather than a little leaf and flower.

MissWilmottsGhost Mon 08-May-17 10:07:04

DHs semen doesn't smell of much so that description isn't really helping

Hysterectomyhysteria Mon 08-May-17 10:08:50


Ladygaggia Mon 08-May-17 10:11:24

I could get a picture of the tree tonight. It is mixed in amongst other bushes - it has lots of thin branches.

My OH can't smell the scent at all - I think it is due to over-exposure grin

Ladygaggia Mon 08-May-17 10:15:30

Ooh - yes - I think Hysteria has it!

Berberis thunbergii Atropurpurea Hedging

Doesn't mention the odd floral pong

girlandboy Mon 08-May-17 10:20:41

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea. Or Purple Japanese barberry.

If it's this it should get red berries after the flowers.

girlandboy Mon 08-May-17 10:21:20

Ah, cross post smile

MissWilmottsGhost Mon 08-May-17 10:23:48

Oh. I would never think of berberis as a tree, I thought it is a shrub.

girlandboy Mon 08-May-17 13:18:21

I think of it as a shrub too actually, though it can grow up to 5 metres high! A big shrub grin

Ladygaggia Mon 08-May-17 13:38:42

It's a huge tree/bush thing - I'll post a pic tonight. I've promised my colleagues that I'll bring some in and put it in a vase on the boss's desk...I found this on you tube too - not watched it incase it's nsfw

Semen Tree

Ladygaggia Mon 08-May-17 19:28:32

Full size of tree/bush...I'd say it was 5m easily

CheepAndOrm Tue 09-May-17 13:13:44

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

JeNeSuisPasVotreMiel Thu 11-May-17 06:18:56

Wow that's huge.
Berberis can handle very hard pruning btw, just in case you wanted to reduce it.

Igneococcus Thu 11-May-17 06:37:34

I have a berberis in my garden, much smaller, and I never noticed a smell. Mine isn't flowering yet, I'll have a sniff once the flowers are out.
The fruits are used as a spice in Persian cooking, if you can harvest them before the birds.

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