Plant ID forum: Alpine Identity..Can you help?

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Jakedebug
May 21, 2017 10:16 AM CST
Hi All, is anyone able to identify this alpine plant? It's about 8 inches tall, it almost looks like a bonsai tree...with succulent type leaves at its tips. Your help would be much appreciated! Thanks, Jake
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DaisyI
May 21, 2017 11:16 AM CST
Welcome!

It looks like something in the Crassula family but to be considered Alpine, it would have to be one of the Sedums. What kind of temperatures is it withstanding? Have you ever seen it bloom?

Can you tell us where this plant is located? Was this intentionally planted? Or did it show up on its own?
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May 21, 2017 7:00 PM CST

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Jakedebug
May 23, 2017 6:18 AM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

It looks like something in the Crassula family but to be considered Alpine, it would have to be one of the Sedums. What kind of temperatures is it withstanding? Have you ever seen it bloom?

Can you tell us where this plant is located? Was this intentionally planted? Or did it show up on its own?


Hi DaisyL,

Thanks for your response. It's currently growing comfortably in the UK and withstanding winter/spring frost...and summer temps of between 20-30 degrees Celsius. It's located in full sun. My mum bought it from a garden centre a couple of years ago but has lost the label and I am keen for one for my garden.

I think you a right in saying it's a crassula...I have been doing some research on crassula and feel it may be a miniature pine tree (crassula tetragona) would you agree?

Thanks again :)
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Calif_Sue
May 23, 2017 8:18 AM CST

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I don't think it is Miniature Pine Tree (Crassula tetragona) which has longer narrower leaves.
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tarev
May 23, 2017 8:27 AM CST
Definitely not a Crassula tetragona.

Reminds me more of Sedum dendroideum grows upright and loves the cool season as it does on your area. There is another one Sedum praealtum.

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Calif_Sue
May 23, 2017 8:47 AM CST

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Leaves seem too large @tarev ?

Shrubby Stonecrop (Sedum dendroideum subsp. praealtum)
Sedum praealtum is synonym
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tarev
May 23, 2017 9:23 AM CST
Don't know if location may influence too its growth. UK has more cold periods, different light levels than mine.

I saw this article that discusses about this Sedum, very interesting to read: http://www.ruthbancroftgarden....
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DaisyI
May 23, 2017 11:03 AM CST
Jakedebug said:

I think you a right in saying it's a crassula...I have been doing some research on crassula and feel it may be a miniature pine tree (crassula tetragona) would you agree?

Thanks again :)
Jake Big Grin


To be winter hardy outdoors, it would have to be Sedum, the cold hardy members of the Crassula family. Now we have to work out which one. Sorry if I confused you - that's what I get for thinking out loud. Smiling

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Jakedebug
May 23, 2017 1:04 PM CST
Could it be sedum reflexum? The branches look similar but the leaves appear further down the stem. This one has leaves only at the top?
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tarev
May 23, 2017 1:09 PM CST
I don't think so, color of Sedum reflexum is more bluish green, and grows more sprawling like a ground cover, not tree-like growth.
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tarev
May 23, 2017 1:10 PM CST
Hopefully your plant will try to make some blooms too to help further narrow it down.

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