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Plant Identification: Shrub in the Oregon Cascades

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eveningsongo
Olympia, WA

October 8, 2012
4:50 PM

Post #9299969

Hi! I am very interested to know the name of this shrub. I found it at Triangulation Peak near Mt. Jefferson in the Willamette National Forest in the Western Cascades in Oregon. The location was a open, sunny area near the tree line at about 6,000 ft. elevation. The leaves are very fragrant. The sample in this photo has dried out, so not a great photo. Please help!

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

October 8, 2012
5:34 PM

Post #9300009

Thanks!
Well..alternate leafing, fragrant foliage, looks woody. I have no idea.
Vestia
San Francisco, CA

October 8, 2012
5:45 PM

Post #9300023

cut the stem again and submerge the whole thing in tepid water and see if it re-hydrates to something resembling its live appearance. Also, how would you describe the fragrance?

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

October 9, 2012
3:22 AM

Post #9300309

Looks like one of the dwarf willows.

Resin

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


October 9, 2012
8:18 AM

Post #9300507

Reminds me of Ceanothus.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

October 9, 2012
9:59 AM

Post #9300596

[quote="growin"]Reminds me of Ceanothus.[/quote]

Yep, that's a better fit than a willow.

Resin

GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

October 10, 2012
6:43 AM

Post #9301375

Excellent observation Growin.
Ceanothus velutinus grows at higher elevations and...has fragrant sticky leaves.

https://www.google.com/search?q=ceanothus+velutinus&hl=en&client=safari&tbo=u&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=UXl1UMrLGcijigLomYGQCg&ved=0CFYQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=645
Do any of these look like the shrubs you observed ?

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


October 13, 2012
11:14 PM

Post #9304477

Ceanothus velutinus looks right to me.

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