Plant ID forum: Unidentified plant at home

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Frenchfrogfingers
Jan 8, 2017 6:32 AM CST
Hello all,
I am new to this forum, so hi to all.

I bought a plant from the nursery here in singapore about 18 months ago. It kind of looks like a boxwood but with larger leaves. Even the nursery didn't know what it was. Very odd I know.

It's been doing Super well in direct sun, had it indoors for a few months and it also did superb. It didn't care if it was watered regularly or not. It never shed a leaf either. But suddenly over the last two months it's been shedding a lot. I want to know what it is so I can research how to care for it.

Thanks for any help.
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Name: Feng Xiao Long
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XiaoLong
Jan 8, 2017 9:37 AM CST
Hi and welcome. Its nice variegate plant. I collect some variegate too but i dont know what plant is that. Is it have flower ? Smiling
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 8, 2017 3:05 PM CST
It reminds me of Schefflera Umbrella Tree (Schefflera actinophylla 'Variegata')

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tarev
Jan 8, 2017 9:07 PM CST
I agree with Lin, it does look like a variegated Schefflera. It is drought tolerant indeed, but if it is too prolonged lack of water, the leaves will suffer, dry out and drop. In my area, it also does its seasonal leaf transition, dropping older leaves and new ones will form at the tips or anywhere up and down the branches.
Name: Carter Mayer
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Carter
Jan 8, 2017 9:10 PM CST
Definitely not a schefflera. It superficially reminds me of ficus. If you pinch or cut a leaf off or break/cut a branch, does it exude a milky white sap? Has it ever bloomed any type flowers?
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 8, 2017 9:54 PM CST
I'm with you Carter, the coloration on the leaves is similar but the leaves aren't arranged the same as the Schefflera.

How about a variegated Pittosporum like this one:
Pittosporum heterophyllum 'Variegatum'

In any case, to address the problem of care it sounds to me as if what you've been doing has been very good for the plant, but it looks to me as if it might have outgrown its pot. If you could tip it on its side and slip the root ball carefully out of the pot to have a look, that might reveal the problem. It needs a bigger pot if the roots are filling up the space, going round and round, and crowding the bottom of the pot.

On a second look at that plant, if you want to keep it down to a smaller size, you could try pruning it. I'd be inclined to remove that tallest stem right at the base unless you want it to keep getting bigger.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 9, 2017 10:10 AM CST
*Blush* Sorry ... it's definitely not Schefflera! The growth habit reminds me of Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina 'Variegata')
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wildflowers
Jan 9, 2017 3:40 PM CST
I agree that it does look like Pittosporum eugenioides Variegatum. Do the leaves have a lemon scent when crushed?

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 9, 2017 4:29 PM CST
I'm not familiar with Pittosporum but it looks a lot like the one Elaine linked to earlier; photos from our database of two variegated varieties:
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Frenchfrogfingers
Jan 9, 2017 5:39 PM CST
Woah!!! Thanks a lot for all the answers. It gives me a direction in which to start.
I think a prune might be in order too.

Thanks again guys.

Frenchfrogfingers
Jan 9, 2017 5:50 PM CST
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Here's a clearer picture if it helps.
Fleshy leaves, never bloomed, no sap and no smell.
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Henhouse
Jan 9, 2017 10:40 PM CST
It's not Pittosporum eugenoides... The stems are black on that species, and the leaves have wavy edges. It doesn't quite look right for Pittosporum heterophyllum 'Var.' either... I've got both in the garden..

I'm thinking it's from Australia or New Zealand.. but I couldn't find anything in my books about those plants.. It's got me stumped.. Shrug!

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JamesAcclaims
Jan 10, 2017 8:47 AM CST
I thought it looked like a few different things, but I went through and invalidated those guesses. I like it's "legginess", but it also has me stumped. Could the nursery (even though they don't know what it is) maybe tell you where they got it/ordered it from?
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