Plant ID forum: Unknown plant care

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Feb 13, 2017 8:23 AM CST
I re-potted a tree like plant in the garden and brought it into my room. Then I left for Ghana for a month and asked my boyfriend to take care of it, and he did a terrible job. Half of it looks very withered and I was wondering what to do with the dead parts? The branches still have some vitality left in them so I don't know if I should just cut them off anyway.. I'll add a couple of images and hopefully you can tell me what kind of plant this is and how to take care of it properly!

Thanks in advance!!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Feb 13, 2017 12:36 PM CST

My only thought is that its Lonicera nitida, a shrub version of honeysuckle. It would be helpful to know where this plant was located (city, state, country) before you dug it up. Have you ever seen it bloom?

I wouldn't be so fast to condemn your boyfriend. Trying to keep an outdoor plant indoors during the winter is no easy task. Indoor temperatures, heater vents, low light, low humidity... are all likely to make your shrub react with branch die-back.

If the 'dead' branches are truly dead, you can cut them out. Check them by scratching the surface of a dead branch with your fingernail. If its green below the surface, the branch is alive. If the 'skin' of the branch is hard or brown below the surface, it is dead.

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Name: Sherry Austin
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Feb 14, 2017 1:18 AM CST
Lonicera nitida was what I thought too.. I see new growth on the tips, so I'm thinking your boyfriend didn't do too badly. I'm wondering if there was some transplant shock combined with the shock of bringing it indoors..
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Feb 14, 2017 12:32 PM CST


I agree that also was my first thought!
It's been renamed, Lonicera nitida is now a synonym for Box Honeysuckle (Lonicera pileata var. yunnanensis)
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Feb 15, 2017 4:21 PM CST
Thank you so much for very informative answers, very appreciated! I dug it up from my garden in Glasgow, so honeysuckle sounds about right. I haven't seen it bloom yet though, but now I'm excited!

Also, I wasn't too harsh on my boyfriend to be honest, (; even though he confessed that he left the blinds down for a week when he was out of town... To answer Henhouse, I brought it in several months before I left over New Years so it had adapted really well to being indoors. (:

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