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May 10, 2017 9:19 AM CST

I bought this from the Home Depot listed as "Foliage", with no information about the specific species. I keep trying to identify using online search tools and databases, but nothing comes up! Any help would be much appreciated.

My best guesses from the searching I've done is some sort of Ficus, and maybe a type of magnolia, but the leaf arrangements don't match for either

Here are some pictures:
Whole plant - Thumb of 2017-05-10/shantb/1d1ec7
Stem base - Thumb of 2017-05-10/shantb/a38908
Leaf Attachment closeup - Thumb of 2017-05-10/shantb/198775
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May 10, 2017 11:13 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Ficus lutea?
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May 10, 2017 11:53 AM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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That seems right. Look at these links for comparison.

https://www.plantzafrica.com/p...

http://www.figweb.org/Ficus/Su...

West African Rubbertree (Ficus lutea)

Once you are sure of the ID, please add your pictures to the plant database.
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May 10, 2017 12:18 PM CST

I would disagree... The leaves seem too dark and the tips too rounded and the veins too pronounced...
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May 10, 2017 1:11 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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There are over 800 species of Ficus. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

I was going to suggest contacting DelRay growers, who supply a lot of HD's foliage plants, but they have been purchased by Costa Farms so that probably won't work.
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May 10, 2017 1:29 PM CST

I suppose it would be enough to simply know that it's likely to be a ficus of *some* sort, as I'm trying to figure out how to care for it. Ficus seems like the best bet
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May 10, 2017 2:04 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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You may not ever know what species/variety you have, but the appearance, leaf and overall structure all lend themselves to the Ficus genus. One thing I do know is that all ficus have is white sap.

This pdf covers varieties commonly offered (18) and contains some good info on them.

http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu/Hort/G...
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May 10, 2017 2:22 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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May 10, 2017 2:26 PM CST
Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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It's kinda hard to tell, but those are actually compound leaves. This is Schefflera Amate, I think (or at least some larger leaved schefflera variety).
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May 10, 2017 2:41 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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I knew someone would come to help... Thumbs up
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May 11, 2017 8:36 AM CST

Thanks guys! It's most likely a Schefflera, and I think Amate is the closest I've seen.
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May 11, 2017 8:41 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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I agree
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