Plant ID forum: Plant identification

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Kari
Sep 4, 2016 11:56 AM CST
Please help to identify this plant: it looks like a shrub or small tree, leaves are green on one side and purple on the other. Purple little flowers and small green berries.
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Sep 4, 2016 12:11 PM CST
This is only a wild guess. For some reason I want to say it may be a type of Eucalyptus. Thank You!
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Sep 4, 2016 12:14 PM CST
It does look a bit like Eucalyptus; what does it smell like?
Porkpal
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Sep 5, 2016 4:31 AM CST
The flowers look lobelia-shaped rather than Eucalyptus though. Is this plant cultivated or growing in the wild?
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Sep 5, 2016 7:12 AM CST
I may not be remembering correctly, but I thought that the blooms looked like my Eucalyptus - but the leaves are not the same shape.
Porkpal
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Sep 5, 2016 7:15 AM CST
It's a long time since I've seen Eucalyptus growing so I Googled Eucalyptus flowers and this is what I got. I made an assumption that they wouldn't be so much different from the ID plant as this:

https://www.google.ca/search?q=eucalyptus+flowers&client=saf...
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Sep 5, 2016 7:17 AM CST
Oh, wow! I am quite certain my tree does not have blooms like those...
Porkpal
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Sep 5, 2016 9:52 AM CST
I agree that the fuzzy eucalyptus blooms do not look like the blooms in the image.

@Kari,
It would be good to see more detailed photos especially of the bloom and the fruits.
Are the leaves fuzzy at all?
To my eyes the leaves look green on the front and grayish on the back; is that correct?
:thankyou:
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
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sooby
Sep 5, 2016 12:59 PM CST
Could it be Vitex trifolia 'Purpurea'?

https://www.google.ca/search?q=vitex+trifolia+purpurea&clien...
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
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porkpal
Sep 5, 2016 2:07 PM CST
Looks like a good possibility to me.
Porkpal
Israel
Kari
Sep 6, 2016 11:38 AM CST
It's certainly not Eucalyptus. I think porkpal is correct - indeed looks exactly like Vitex trifolia :)
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Sep 6, 2016 1:10 PM CST
Sue id-ed, not I.
Porkpal

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