Plant ID forum: Am i a schefflera ????

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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
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jojoe
Jun 16, 2012 11:00 AM CST
This bush was a potted plant i kept after moma's funeral.It was getting bigger than i like inside so i took a blind leap (not knowing an id) & planted it outside,12 years ago !! :hearts:I thought it was going to be a small bush that would stay short and compact like it was in it's pot,so i planted it between a building & some steps,i was sadly mistaken & not living where it was planted It has grown good and lived just fine by itself but it grew into a very large bush almost a small tree.Over the years the only thing that's been done to it is people cutting back limbs that were growing over the steps,it has just been whacked. i now want to plant it in my yard.
I'm hoping i can get it up with enough roots for it to live through a transplant.I'm pretty sure the roots are not just under the steps but the building it's next to!! Confused I noticed it is getting what i believe is aphids,i'm going to treat it with BATS now & move in fall.Some of the pictures are of the problem places that i believe is caused by aphids.?!?!

I would appreciate a positive ID and some advice about it.

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woofie
Jun 17, 2012 10:40 AM CST
I'm not sure that really is a schefflera, at least not any type I'm familiar with. It looks like I'm seeing single leaves along the stems, and I thought schefflera only had rosettes of leaves (don't know if that's a proper term Smiling )
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bonitin
Jun 17, 2012 1:20 PM CST
Maybe a Ficus?
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gingin
Jun 17, 2012 1:36 PM CST
No clue as to ID, but would say that for sure it is not a schefflera. Perhaps a florist could give you an idea what it is...unless it was a special order or a plant that a friend potted to honor your moma.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jun 17, 2012 2:23 PM CST
It bears some resemblance to a Daphniphyllum macropodum, but I haven't been able to find a good picture of that one to compare with it. It's described as having foliage similar to a rhododendron.
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JRsbugs
Jun 17, 2012 2:29 PM CST
woofie said:It bears some resemblance to a Daphniphyllum macropodum, but I haven't been able to find a good picture of that one to compare with it. It's described as having foliage similar to a rhododendron.


That's interesting, as I had thought it was much like a Rhododendron but I can't find one with the small serrations on the leaf edges.

Daphniphyllum macropodum doesn't have serrations either ..

http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/potd/2005/11/daphniphyllum...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Daphniphyllum_macropodum.j...

Name: woofie
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woofie
Jun 17, 2012 2:33 PM CST
Oh, and Jojoe, you don't mention if this plant has ever bloomed? I'm assuming it hasn't, since your original guess was a schefflera, but it doesn't hurt to ask. Smiling
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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Jun 19, 2012 6:10 PM CST
no blooms, just a tall bush left to tend itself except for the occasional person saying "you can't get up these steps without getting hit in the face by that bush" and then they whack at it.

I have noticed it has started getting aphids i think.I'm getting ready to treat my plants going to get it to.This is the first time it's ever had any bugs besides caterpillars etc... chewing on a few leaves.


It's got some new growth would pictures of that help?I will snap a few more pics.

FYI: I have removed leaves because of aphid damage,hope that didn't make it harder to ID *Blush*
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