OK, more information. this was growing beside the highway. It covered a medium sized tree. It was completely white with blooms. has been in bloom for 3 weeks. Obviously a hardy producer of nectar.
YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE HOW NICE IT SMELLS - better than honeysuckle, better than Gardenia, a rose, you name it...my wife could not believe how nice it smelled. You basically have to wipe the nectar off your nose (pollen too) after sniffing it!
Fordguy, I posted a close up of it on the bee forum under "testing computer IQ". No one has identified it yet. I also sent it to Jim Fisher under bloom dates and he hasn't posted back either. Whatever it is, this area is covered with it. I sure hope it has nectar like you say.
Dave, He's a hundred miles or so south of us. Summer travels north about 5 miles a day. He's had it a week or so, we are just now getting the blooms. Start watching the roadsides, you'll find it in the next few days.
Mr. Robbins - I pulled off the side of the road to pull that vine out of the tree, (cars zooming by) and so didn't have time to inspect for bees, but I can tell you the smell was so good if the bees don't eat it I will. The incredible number of blooms is what has me excited. I saw another one on I77 going toward Ft. Jackson this morning. So looks like we have about 4 Plants I have seen, and I am actively looking for it.
How high does it grow? If it is four to ten feet high with 3/4 inch flower it looks like Tartarian Honeysuckle. Morrows Honeysuckle and European Fly Honeysuckle. (The Audobon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers eastern region.
Hope this helps.
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