Plant ID forum: mystery tree or plant?

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eferguson
Dec 14, 2015 10:33 AM CST
Hi, Im new to the forum and glad to have found it. I live in Costa Rica in the mountains. I bought this plant at a nursery as "bonsai natural", which doesnt help at all. I tried a bonsai forum without luck. It grows strait branches, has little leaves, and grows in levels. Thr branches of one level grow in the same place around the plant then grows taller and adds another level. This is not trained. They make little white flowers then a half inch fruit thats like a blueberry shape but green. I dont know what color a mature fruit is. Thanks for looking, I have lots of unnamed plants and small trees. Some are for bonsai, most are just decorative plants. I can post lots more if you want to see. Thanks again for your time.
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JRsbugs
Dec 14, 2015 10:36 AM CST
Welcome!

Do you have a photo?
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JRsbugs
Dec 14, 2015 5:05 PM CST
This site might help ..

https://es-es.facebook.com/acobonsaidecostarica

http://rutabonsai.com/articulos/m-tecnicas-basicas/item/293-...

Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Dec 14, 2015 8:50 PM CST
Hi eferguson, Welcome! to All Things Plants from me too!

I bet if you can upload a few photos here someone would be able to give you an exact ID. One plant I was thinking might be a possibility is Natal Plum (Carissa macrocarpa)

Carissa is sometimes used for Bonsai; check out some of these images for comparison: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=natal+plum+bonsai+plants...
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Dec 15, 2015 5:04 AM CST
eferguson said: It grows strait branches, has little leaves, and grows in levels. The branches of one level grow in the same place around the plant then grows taller and adds another level. This is not trained.


I think if we look at the clues, it's a naturally growing plant with no training as happens with bonsai.

Clues:

"Straight branches"

"grow in the same place around the plant" suggests branches radiate in a circular fashion around the trunk, with a gap, then another set of radiating branches.

"little leaves"

"white flowers"

" half inch fruits .. blueberry shape .. green"

Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
Charter ATP Member Organic Gardener Garden Photography Bee Lover Dragonflies Cat Lover
Butterflies Birds Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Spiders!
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JRsbugs
Dec 15, 2015 5:15 AM CST
A suggestion, although the leaves don't look small, a plant which has been bonsaied will have small leaves even if the normal tree has large leaves.

Terminalia catappa ...

http://www.gymnosperms.org/imgs/robbin/r/Combretaceae_Termin...

http://www.gymnosperms.org/cgi-bin/dol/dol_terminal.pl?taxon...

http://www.1-costaricalink.com/costa_rica_flora/trees_short_...
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Dec 15, 2015 9:36 AM CST
Tropical Almond Tree (Terminalia catappa)
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