Plant ID forum: ID please.

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Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
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HamiltonSquare
Nov 28, 2015 7:51 PM CST
This is a 3' shrub composed of long unbranched arching stems. I think its a spring bloomer but there was this one flower now.......with buds all the way along the stems.

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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Nov 29, 2015 6:26 AM CST
Is it growing wild or is it in a garden?
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purpleinopp
Nov 29, 2015 9:20 AM CST
Gives me a Euphorbia vibe, but no idea of what to suggest.
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Nov 29, 2015 11:12 AM CST
The flowers suggest Rosaceae. I've looked at Euphorbia, Lysimachia, Cotoneaster, and Wax Myrtle which shows similarity to the leaves and habit, but not the flowers.

It might help to know if it's native growing wild, in a private garden or botanical garden.

Bear in mind that it could be a plant which has been cut back, making it produce several long shoots.

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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Nov 29, 2015 11:27 AM CST
The flowers are quite similar to Leptospermum .. I have grown L. nitidum, they have a small well in the centre where nectar pools.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Myrtaceae&source=lnms&tbm=...
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Nov 29, 2015 12:04 PM CST
It seems to be in Myrtaceae, Tea-trees grow very long bendy stems. Leptospermum petersonii is very similar, there is some leaf venation showing on the close up photo.

http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?pl...

http://www.blandfordia.org.au/wtdownloads/Topic%2031%20Lepto...

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Leptospermum+petersonii&so...

Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
Sacramento California (Zone 9b)
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HamiltonSquare
Nov 29, 2015 2:05 PM CST
It is growing in a garden. The person growing it asked me about it. They didn't plant it. But could have been planted long ago by a person or otherwise. I'll have another look at it today and see if it is scented in any way and check for a nectar pool. It's not a euphorbia for sure. The coloration is just fall color. It's normal leaf color is a pale yellowish green if I remember rightly. Ill check out the base of it too to check its growth pattern for sure. As always my compliments to all. So helpful to have you all to help. I tip my hat to you. Jeez whats with this spellcheck?
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Name: Sherry
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wcgypsy
Nov 29, 2015 6:35 PM CST
Is it by any chance lemon scented? Looks like the leptospermum petersonii I have grown.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
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HamiltonSquare
Nov 29, 2015 7:48 PM CST
Thats it Sherry and Janet. I couldn't detect the scent but will check it again in spring or summer. It has been cut at to about six inches in the past. I'm suprised to read that its a small tree or large shrub but this looks to be a match. I'll mark this solved. Thanks you all. I tip my hat to you.



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Name: Sherry
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wcgypsy
Nov 29, 2015 7:51 PM CST
I've grown it as a tree....
I could be wrong...
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"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Nov 29, 2015 8:03 PM CST
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Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
Sacramento California (Zone 9b)
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HamiltonSquare
Nov 29, 2015 8:12 PM CST
It looks fairly nice as a shrub. You don't have yours anymore Sherry?
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Name: Sherry
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wcgypsy
Nov 29, 2015 9:54 PM CST
I planted one on the first property we owned in Fallbrook, then planted one on the second property that we sold two years ago. I love the plant so much that I should have planted many of them and here where nurseries are few and far between (good ones), it is on my list of wants. I do not know if it will make it here, though I'm currently growing some Aussies here and have a friend 45 miles north who grows a lot of Aussies. The small Botanical Garden in Brookings, Oregon has leptos and leucadendrons, etc., so I'm hoping that mine will do okay here. Brookings is a bit more of a Banana Belt due to the "Chetco River Effect", much like our Santa Anas in SoCal...warm inland air flowing from the interior to the sea. I'm only guessing at petersonii, if it is not lemon scented, then it's an incorrect guess.

If I thought for sure that something was green...and Janet told me it was red, I'd believe Janet....lol..
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Nov 30, 2015 5:26 AM CST
wcgypsy said:If I thought for sure that something was green...and Janet told me it was red, I'd believe Janet....lol..


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All I can say is that it does look like Leptospermum petersonii, it is grown in the US by San Marcos growers which is north of Los Angeles and I checked out other Leptospermums they were offering, this is the only one which matches. A shot of one showing the new coloured foliage ..

http://www.grevilleas.com.au/lepto3mp.html

It is obvious from the shots Leslieray provided that the plant has been cut back to near the ground, making it produce long shoots.

As a kid growing up in Aus on a farm, me and my brothers used to weave the long shoots of tea-tree to make a hideout, those were the days before kids had all sorts of manufactured rubbish thrust upon them but not everybody was fortunate to live in the country on a farm. The dirt road to our farm was a mile from the main road, there was plentiful wildflowers, bottlebrushes and tea-trees along the side of the road. I went back about 25 years ago and there was nothing left, it had all been stripped. How sad that human beings can do so much damage to the fauna and flora where there is no need. Crying

Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Nov 30, 2015 10:54 AM CST
Aussies will grow quite readily here and my friend who had a nursery here until two years ago grows a lot of them...however, she had never encountered the petersonii. There is a new nursery here and though he grows mostly standard stuff for this area, he is receptive to new things, especially since Rebecca had given a lot of Aussies to the Garden Club for their Botanical Garden and these gardeners are now knowledgeable about other plants that will grow here. Her Uncle, who is 90 years old, also is a great fan of the Aussie plants and grows a lot, constantly scattering seed over his extensive property to encourage naturalizing.

Mine would have come from San Marcos Growers.

Yes, the destruction of natural, wild vegetation is also troubling to me. Since we've moved up here to the far Northwestern corner of California, I'm constantly astounded by the vegetation I find alongside all of the roads, etc. I find that I'm very often asking, "What IS that?"....lol..
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
Sacramento California (Zone 9b)
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HamiltonSquare
Nov 30, 2015 2:13 PM CST
I remember those days so long ago when the best toy was a good imagination and a natural setting was the best playground one could have. Still is if you can find one. I tip my hat to you.
Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento California.
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Nov 30, 2015 2:59 PM CST
When I was young and growing up in a small town in the San Joaquin, we would often walk out to the edges of town, to the fields of tall grass and make pathways and walls, rooms, in the very tall grass. In our small 'yard' my Dad had neatly mowed grass and tightly pruned privet hedges...sigh...
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."

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