Found in Portland Oregon. It came from a tree about 10-12 ft tall. It smells very sweet, almost like Jasmine.

Does anyone know what it is?

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It isn't a tree - if it was in a tree, it's because it climbed up into it, as it often does if it can. It's a climbing plant called Clematis vitalba, common name Traveller's Joy. Many other forms of clematis are incorrectly called Traveller's Joy, so best to stick to the botanical/Latin name of C. vitalba if you need to tell anyone precisely what it is. Grows wild in the UK and Europe, often found in hedgerows; I'm not sure whether it grows wild in parts of America too, or whether this one has been deliberately planted. Flowers July through to September and is, indeed, fragrant.


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    I believe Prairie Travelers Joy is a cultivar of C. vitalba. I have a similar clematis also developed, like Prairie Traveler's Joy, by Frank Skinner. This plant is extremely vigorous and easily grows 10 feet (3 M) tall in a season. The fragrance is pleasant and not overwhelming.
    – kevinskio
    Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 11:54
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    @kevinsky - Prairie TJ is a hybrid with clematis ligusticifolia - its flowers are whiter than C.vitalba, which is probably in the mix with it somewhere.Even so, C vitalba is the original, naturally occurring plant called traveller's joy... now annoyingly applied to many hybrid forms. Well, I find it annoying, but then I find common names annoying generally;-)
    – Bamboo
    Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 12:23
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    @Bamboo , I am not entirely convinced that it is Travellers Joy. It produces a smell that is very sweet and subtle, which reminds me of my grandmothers garden. It assuredly came from a tree without any vines/climbers. The next time I am in the area, I will take another picture.
    – Ace
    Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 20:34
  • I'll be interested to see it, but check for something growing next to, or some feet away, or nearby ending up in the tree when you do take pics...
    – Bamboo
    Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 20:44

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