Plants that Smell like Vanilla

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gardening in the Pacific Northwest' started by DavidB52, Dec 26, 2020.

  1. DavidB52

    DavidB52 Member

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    I really like the smell of vanilla, but don't think an actual Vanilla plant can be grown outdoors in the Lower Mainland.

    Can anybody here recommend plants that smell like vanilla and can be grown here in the Lower Mainland?
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Azara microphylla
     
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  3. Georgia Strait

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    I realize this is not exactly what you’re looking for — it’s on the Okanagan side of Manning park

    Next time you’re up on a warm sunny day - sniff the PONDEROSA Pine tree BARK - the bark on the tree

    Vanilla!

    As kids years ago - we thought ponderosa bark bits and pieces were jigsaw puzzles

    If you see around the base of tree trunk - you know what I refer to

    Back to your topic - I cannot think of any vanilla scent so will keep my garden ears open to what fellow green thumbs suggest -

    Best of season to you
     
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  4. Louis A

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    Definitely give Azara a try. They had a nice selection a couple weeks back at Maple Leaf in North Van. Azara are winter flowering and smell of vanilla and chocolate. It’s absolutely incredible! Buy a 5gal if they have and it’s in your price point as they are a bit hardier with age in my experience.
     
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    Yes Maple Leaf garden centre

    No I am not associated in any way

    They have earned a good reputation over many years

    Worth a drive over the bridge
     
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    Sweet autumn clematis.
     
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    Do you have a Latin name for this suggestion — I would like to look it up

    Does it do well in coastal dry Vancouver summer?
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    The aromatics from the ponderosa pine are best on hot summer days with direct sunshine, while the Azara gives you that scent wafting in the air for a couple weeks in early spring... if you are considering timing.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    In a somewhat similar manner, the cone stalks of old Pinus radiata (Monterey Pine) and Pinus muricata (Bishop Pine) cones. Pull a many-years-old cone off the branch, and grate the resin-filled cone stem with sandpaper, you'll get a strong vanilla scent.
     

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