Plant ID forum: Help to identify plant

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wossip
Jul 8, 2016 4:23 AM CST
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Can anyone identify this pretty shrub? The flowers turn into dark-red berries, like bunches of grapes.
It is deciduous.
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Pegasys
Jul 8, 2016 4:40 AM CST
it looks like nandina

http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/landscape/shrub...
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sallyg
Jul 8, 2016 6:06 AM CST
doesn't look like nandina to me, sorry.
It might help to know the location or growing zone it is in. The flowers remind me of a tropicla thing (that I cannot remember the name of) but the leaves I'm not sure match.
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Carter
Jul 8, 2016 10:21 AM CST
I agree on not nandina. The flower/bract cluster structure reminds me superficially of some Medinilla species, but not quite sure, and not a species I am familiar with.
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terrafirma
Jul 8, 2016 10:48 AM CST
Something about it is making me think Clerodendrum. Location could be a help here.

Welcome! wossip!

Where is this pretty thing?
Name: Sue
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sooby
Jul 8, 2016 2:05 PM CST
Welcome!

Looks like Leycesteria, maybe this one

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terrafirma
Jul 8, 2016 2:08 PM CST
Hurray! Looks like a winner to me! Nice work, Sue!
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 8, 2016 2:26 PM CST
No, not Nandina whose fruit contains cyanide and is toxic! I agree, it sure looks like Leycesteria whose fruit is apparently edible and has the flavor of chocolate according to this article: http://www.arthurleej.com/a-himhoney.html
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Pegasys
Jul 8, 2016 3:41 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. I agree I agree ... it must be Leycesteria I agree Hurray!
sooby said: Welcome!

Looks like Leycesteria, maybe this one



My kilt beats the pants off saxon pants especially in summer !
Name: ursula
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Mutisia
Jul 8, 2016 7:36 PM CST
Thank you all for introducing me to I plant I had never seen!!!! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

Now the problem is ...... how can I get one Green Grin! Whistling
Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Jul 8, 2016 7:54 PM CST
Hi Ursula

Here are some places that carry this plant.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Leycesteria-formosa-Aurea-Gold-Lea...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Leycesteria-Formosa-Gold-Leaf-Stunni...

http://salefire.us/Leycesteria%20Formosa?p=scb&gclid=CJ_mkeu...
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
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Mutisia
Jul 8, 2016 11:50 PM CST
That's very sweet of you to search seed sources for me, Jean. I might try some ....

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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Jul 9, 2016 12:14 AM CST
Smiling It is a striking color combination. Happy to leave you with one less reason not to get it. Whistling
Name: Sherry
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wcgypsy
Jul 10, 2016 11:25 AM CST
If / when my leycesterias put out seeds, I will have them to share.....hopefully this year....mine are a couple of years in the ground now and hopefully will put out many more flowers this year.
I could be wrong...
and.....
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wossip
Jul 14, 2016 4:38 AM CST
Thanks to everyone who replied. It is definitely Leycesteria Formosa.
I used to live in the South of England, and regularly walked past a garden where this large shrub had bits growing through the fence.
One day, I was tempted to nip off a couple of shoots while no-one was looking!
In my ignorance, I put them in a pot, not really expecting anything to happen.
This was 2 years ago. The little red berries which formed used to be Smiling taken by a vole living nearby!
I now have 4 lovely shrubs which have moved with me up to Scotland, where they are thriving.
I am very glad I asked. A great help. I hope everyone who likes it will get it.
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Name: Sherry
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wcgypsy
Jul 14, 2016 6:14 AM CST
Once settled it does throw seedlings readily. My 10 or so came from a friend's property.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."

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