correct name for a schrub - Knowledgebase Question

Channelview, tx
Question by crobe43964
April 24, 2005
We believe this particular schrub belongs to the Natal Plum family. The only thing is that it is fruitless and has a tiny thorn on the tip of the leaf. It produces the tiny white flower the Natal Plum does. It grows about 3'x 3'. When cut it has a milky substance. Can you take cuttings and start a new plant?

Answer from NGA
April 24, 2005



I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. We are transitioning to a new Q&A system and your question was unfortunately lost in the transition. I have discovered it now and hope this reply is not too late to be of help.

Regarding your mystery shrub it may be a type of Natal Plum as leaf form varies quite a bit between varieties. The other characteristics of your shrub point to this identification but not conclusively. I suggest you take a sample from the plant to your County Extension Office to see if they can identify it. You may also be able to e-mail them a digital photo.

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