Follow-up to Can I make a bracha on smelling roses that may be orla?

As per SA YD 294:1, orla only applies to trees which were planted for eating.

Can one smell the blossoms of a tree planted for fruit within the tree’s first three years? Can one make a Bracha on this smell?

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According to this answer, it would seem that this is permitted.

The Radbaz (Shu"t 1:44) discusses this topic and rules that, if the tree was not planted for its fruits or if only the blossoms are present and the fruit has not yet grown, the fragrance is permitted (i.e. there is no problem of orlah preventing enjoyment of the fragrance):

כללא דמלתא אין לך דבר של ערלה שיהיה אסור להריח בו אלא אילן הנטוע לפירות מאכל ומריח בפירות עצמו אפילו בעודם בוסר ולא בעודם סמדר

The Chida (Birkei Yosef YD 294:13) agrees with this ruling. This topic is also discussed at length by Rabbi Pinchas Zabichi (Ateret Paz I, YD 16).

  • The original question is not a duplicate of this one, as one talks about inedible trees and the other about edible ones.
    – DonielF
    Apr 10, 2019 at 12:24
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    It's pretty much an explicit mishnah sefaria.org/Mishnah_Orlah.1.7. The only extra information needed is we don't pasken like R' Yosi. And on that note judaism.meta.stackexchange.com/posts/5039/revisions
    – Heshy
    Apr 10, 2019 at 12:39
  • הסמדר - הוא הפרח שממנו יצא הבוסר. אבל הבוסר עצמו הכל מודים שהוא פרי יח Mishna orla 1.7 Bartenura
    – kouty
    Apr 10, 2019 at 12:45
  • @Heshy Shows you how much I need to chazer over orlah. :)
    – DonielF
    Apr 10, 2019 at 12:46
  • in perush harambam ואמר בספרא פריו פרט לעלים ולולבים ולמי גפנים וסמדר:
    – kouty
    Apr 10, 2019 at 12:48

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