Plant ID forum: Two bushes that were here before I came along

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Name: Logan Tipton
Lexington, Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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Jun 2, 2014 5:38 AM CST


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I trimmed these back in April and now they are blooming and growing very rapidly.
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Name: Logan Tipton
Lexington, Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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Jun 2, 2014 5:39 AM CST
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jun 2, 2014 6:09 AM CST
Looks like Spirea to me.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 2, 2014 11:37 AM CST
Yup, Greene called it. Most likely this one:
Japanese Spirea (Spiraea japonica 'Dolchica')
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jun 2, 2014 3:21 PM CST
The Spiraea x bumalda 'Dolchica' may have leaves different than I am seeing in your photos.
Perhaps yours could be Spirea bumalda 'Anthony Waterer' ?
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 2, 2014 4:19 PM CST
For comparison, photo's of Japanese Spirea (Spiraea 'Anthony Waterer')
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Name: Logan Tipton
Lexington, Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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tiptonla
Jun 2, 2014 11:15 PM CST
It looks to me like it is the Japanese-Spirea-Spiraea-x-bumalda-Dolchica. The only thing that does not match exactly is that the plant is a little taller than 2 1/2 ft. This aside the pictures and discription match perfectly.

I did some research and found that this plant can grow to 36-48 in. This is defiantly a match. Thank you for all the help.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 3, 2014 4:08 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jun 3, 2014 5:17 AM CST
Since the @tiptonla pruned the plant and it is now flowering on current growth that narrows the selection as some varieties only bloom on the previous years growth.

http://plantilus.com/plantdb/SpirBumaDolc/Blooms.html
Please look at the link to see what I meant when I said that the leaves on Dolchica are different.

Yours could also be S. japonica 'Neon Flash' which is an improved version of 'Anthony Waterer'. http://www.plantstogrow.com/zPlantsDisplay.asp?plantID=919 or S. margaritae (pink/rosy pink , a cross between S. japonica and S. superba)

Probably not S. bullata (red/pink flowers, bullate leaves, Crispleaf Spirea, "Crispa')

There are probably other possibilities. Thank You!


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Name: Logan Tipton
Lexington, Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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tiptonla
Jun 3, 2014 7:11 AM CST
@greene You are right. The leaves are different (very different). I was going by the pictures on this site and assumed they were accurate. The S. bullata does not seem to match in appearance. I looked at the neon flash and it seemed to match, but I will look up S. margaritae this evening. Thank you.
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jun 3, 2014 9:45 AM CST
Thanks. The S. bullata has dimply/bumpy leaves, so I agree that's not it.

I learned a long time ago that everything on the internet is not always accurate, even in our own database.
Since I started using a computer I am also learning that nurseries often label their plants incorrectly.

All that really matters is that we love our plants no matter what they are called. Lovey dubby
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Logan Tipton
Lexington, Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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tiptonla
Jun 5, 2014 7:37 AM CST
I looked up S. margaritae, Japanese Spirea (Spiraea x bumalda 'Neon Flash'), and several other plants, but S. japonica 'Neon Flash' seems to be the best fit. The description and pictures match. I am going to continue my research, but as of now I think these are S. japonica 'Neon Flash'. Thank you everyone for pointing me in the right direction and all of the much needed help. @greene @flaflwrgrl @plantladylin
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