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Monday - May 30, 2011

From: Stroh, IN
Region: Midwest
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Looking for the identification of spice or cinnamon bush
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

My grandmother had a flowering bush that had little yellow flowers on it and smelled like cinnamon to me. She called it a spice bush. Could you help me name that bush?

ANSWER:

I think perhaps your spice or cinnamon bush is Ribes aureum var. villosum (Golden currant).  Its synonym is Ribes odoratum (Clove currant).  Here are more photos and information.

 

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Golden currant
Ribes aureum var. villosum

Golden currant
Ribes aureum var. villosum

Golden currant
Ribes aureum var. villosum

Golden currant
Ribes aureum var. villosum

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