Plant ID forum: Avocado (Persea americana)

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Aug 4, 2015 8:21 AM CST
this came up in my coastal virginia garden and I don't know if it is something I should cultivate. thanks for any help

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Aug 4, 2015 8:43 AM CST
Hi carramsey, Welcome! to All Things Plants!

I'm not very good at comparing photos for identification but it reminds me somewhat of Swamp Bay:

Another that looks similar is Fetterbush:

I'm sure other members who are more knowledgeable with plants in your part of the country will pop in with suggestions before long!

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Aug 4, 2015 8:46 AM CST
thanks, will check links. should have added that currently it is only about five in. tall and each leaf is about that length
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Aug 7, 2015 10:52 PM CST


@dave, can you move this to the Plant ID forum for more input? nodding

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Aug 8, 2015 2:33 PM CST
It looks to me like Carolina Buckthorn
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Aug 14, 2015 4:21 AM CST
It could be an Avocado tree..I often have them sprouting in my garden, (I like to eat them! Hilarious! ) some even make through the winter..
Avocado (Persea americana)

Aug 14, 2015 5:39 AM CST
I think this is the best possibility. I always try to take avocado seeds out of material for the compost but I don't think my husband does. So, that may explain it. Looking at seedling pictures, some have leaves where the veining alternates, others directly oppose. So I'm still not sure.
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Aug 14, 2015 6:35 AM CST
Look at Litsea aestivalis. (?)
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