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Mystery silvery-white-leaved tree

Observed: 7th June 2011 By: ChalkieChalkie’s reputation in PlantsChalkie’s reputation in PlantsChalkie’s reputation in PlantsChalkie’s reputation in Plants
7.6.11 Sydenham playground

I first thought this was a white-leaved willow, or perhaps a pear, but the flowers are neither of those. Strange 4-petalled yellow flowers with 4 stamens. Quite waxy looking. The silvery whiteness on the leaves is made of flattened plate-like hairs/scales.
A small tree, presumably planted, on an urban recreation ground. Pungent smelling too.

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Elaeagnus angustifolia

I agree about the fragrance from the flowers, really very strong but pleasant perfume.

David J Trevan

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Thank you so much for identifying this for me. I'm familiar with the variegated Eleagnus (Elaeagnus x ebbingei 'Limelight' oleaster - from googling), but don't think I've ever seen Eleagnus angustifolia before - and certainly hadn't linked it to the green and yellow one, as the leaf shape is quite different. It is a striking plant. Apparently quite an invasive pest in parts of America though!

I wasn't so sure I liked the smell of the flowers - a bit overpowering I thought!