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Oct 21, 2011 3:54 AM CST
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Name: Myriam Vandenberghe
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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I met this beautiful tall shrub in a front yard, during my trip in the UK..
Anyone has an idea, I would like to enter it in the database..
Thanks,
Myriam
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Oct 21, 2011 4:02 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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Myriam, that's beautiful! I sure hope someone comes along & ID's it because I want to know what it is too!
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Oct 21, 2011 4:34 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Myriam Vandenberghe
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
Bee Lover Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Frogs and Toads Ferns I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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yes, Ann it has impressed me too, I wish I has space for one like this Rolling my eyes.
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Oct 21, 2011 4:40 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b, and F (Zone 9b)
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What was its bloom time (season), now, or?

I've seen this plant somewhere, now to locate it again...
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Oct 21, 2011 5:42 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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Does it smell good?

My first thought was an Itea (sweetspire) but I have never seen it in pink and blooms are normally held more erect.
Then I thought Clethra (summersweet / sweet pepperbush) it does come in pink. I have not grown this bush so this is just a thought ( *Blush* guess)
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Oct 21, 2011 5:53 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b, and F (Zone 9b)
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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The one that I was thinking of was vitex, but its bloom spikes seem to be erect, not pendulous.

Haven't been able to find a bottle brush type tree that matches either.
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Oct 21, 2011 6:25 AM CST
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Name: Myriam Vandenberghe
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
Bee Lover Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Frogs and Toads Ferns I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Thanks for trying to help! Smiling

It was in full bloom in July, Chelle. Not a vitex for sure..

I don't remember a smell Cinda..
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Oct 21, 2011 8:04 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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It seems familiar to me too but.......
and I thought it looked like it would smell sweet too & does also remind me of a bottlebrush but the leaves don't fit....
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
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Oct 21, 2011 8:04 AM CST
Name: Ferenc
Wouw, Netherlands
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Im almost sure by the glossy leave that it must be a Hebe spiecie
Think that it looks very like a Hebe macrocarpa but thats a tender one in the UK, NL, and Belgie. A hebe that is hardy to –5°C can grow to a big size more than 6.5ft (2 m) The one in your picture is probably closely related to Hebe macrocarpa.
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Oct 21, 2011 8:19 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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I think Ferenc is on the right track.
Try this link & see what you can turn up Myriam.

http://www.hebesoc.org/hebes/h...
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Oct 21, 2011 8:32 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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I agree, it sure looks like a variety of Hebe although I don't know which one. I think some are quite small while some grow to 8' or more in height. There are a couple listed in the database: http://garden.org/plants/brows...

And, although I don't know if these entries are correct, here are a couple more I found when googling:
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Oct 21, 2011 9:08 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Myriam Vandenberghe
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
Bee Lover Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Frogs and Toads Ferns I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Charter ATP Member Cat Lover Birds Plant Identifier
Thank you

Hebe macrocarpa is very close Ferenc! You surely have put us on the right track!
Thanks for the links Ann and Lynn!
Hebe salicifolia and Hebe Midsummer Beauty look the closest, but they don't seem to be hardy enough for the UK..
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Oct 21, 2011 9:11 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b, and F (Zone 9b)
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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Oh, wow!

Love some of these! Of course, the one I really like isn't anywhere near hardy in my zone. Sad
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Oct 21, 2011 10:08 AM CST
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Name: Myriam Vandenberghe
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
Bee Lover Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Frogs and Toads Ferns I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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I think it might be safe to say the shrub is Hebe 'Midsummer Beauty'
I found a link where it says it is fairy hardy in the UK!
http://www.hebesoc.org/hebes/h...

Anyone disagrees? Smiling
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Oct 21, 2011 10:12 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Myriam Vandenberghe
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
Bee Lover Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Frogs and Toads Ferns I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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I hadn't looked at the hight they mention for the shrub, only 5 ft (1,5m) the shrub was definitely taller, I think around 2,5m!.. Rolling my eyes.
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Oct 21, 2011 10:22 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b, and F (Zone 9b)
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
Here's a link to many, many Hebes....with images! Big Grin A-Z pages.
http://www.hebesoc.org/
Hope it helps.
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Oct 21, 2011 10:36 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: Ukraine Region: United States of America Bird Bath, Fountain and Waterfall Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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It is confusing because the entry at DG show dimensions for Midsummer Beauty as 36-48", 4-6' and 6-8': http://davesgarden.com/guides/... I wonder which is correct?

Some Hebe like H. salicifolia grow to 8 feet tall while others are quite small. The one in your photo sure looks big and it sure is beautiful so I hope you can find an exact identity.
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Oct 21, 2011 10:37 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Myriam, as you know the height may not reflect what everyone experiences. Or maybe the data is off a bit. I have so many times had plants get far larger than what data says it will. So much depends on the exact location; even to the exact location within a specific yard as well as the soil in that particular spot & how the gardener treats it etc.... I know you must have experienced the same at some point. Or had plants not get as large as data says. And then there are microclimates within yards.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
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Oct 21, 2011 10:38 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover
plantladylin said:

Some Hebe like H. salicifolia grow to 8 feet tall while others are quite small. The one in your photo sure looks big and it sure is beautiful so I hope you can find an exact identity.


I sure hope so because I want to get one!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
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Oct 21, 2011 10:53 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: Ukraine Region: United States of America Bird Bath, Fountain and Waterfall Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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I'd love to have one like the beautiful specimen in Myriam's photo! I wonder if Hebe would do well in this part of Florida?
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


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