Plant ID forum: Bushy thing, smallish red leaves

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PhilPots
Oct 17, 2017 11:21 AM CST
Please help identify this plant!

Purchased in the UK. It was found unlabelled amongst some pierises, but looking through all the pieris varieties has left me convinced it's something different.

Many thanks in advance!

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jmorth
Oct 20, 2017 1:13 PM CST
New growth on many Pieris is often red, turns green with maturity.
http://www.missouribotanicalga...
Scroll to bottom for picture of red leaves, which kind of look like yours, only new growth though.
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Name: Danita
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Danita
Oct 20, 2017 1:46 PM CST
This is just a guess, mind you, but this reminds me of an Azalea called Rhododendron 'Silver Sword' when it has its fall/winter coloration.

http://www.rainyside.com/plant...
http://www.paghat.com/azaleasi...
Evergreen Azalea (Rhododendron 'Silver Sword')
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Silversurfer
Oct 20, 2017 4:26 PM CST
Another mystery.
Neither Pieris or Rhododendron/Azalea have leaves that are hairy.
Been looking...no luck yet.
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tofitropic
Oct 20, 2017 9:38 PM CST
All azalea that I grow has hairy leaves, yes there are limited varieties that can be grown here in the tropic., but that surely looks like azalea to me too...
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Danita
Oct 21, 2017 6:46 AM CST
Actually, it was the presence of the hairs that made me suspect that it might be an Azalea (Rhododendron.)

The presence or lack of hairs is one of the features used to help determine to which subgenus a Rhododendron plant may belong.

Also, the branching structure that I can see in the second photo appears consistent with it being an Azalea (Rhododendron.)

https://www.azaleas.org/about-...
https://www.rhododendron.org/d...
note description, "sparsely hairy"

There is also a similar looking patented cultivar called 'Farrow' (marketed as "Bollywood".)
You can see the hairs in this photo if you view it full size.
https://bluestoneperennials.gl...
‘Girard's Variegated Gem’
https://pics.davesgarden.com/p...
'Girard's Hot Shot Variegated'
https://www.ashwoodnurseries.c...
Azalea (Rhododendron 'Brianne')

There may be some other variegated cultivars that I'm forgetting.

I make no promises that any of these suggestions are correct. With luck, it will bloom in the spring and provide you with a definitive answer. Smiling
Perthshire. SCOTLAND. UK
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Silversurfer
Oct 21, 2017 9:01 AM CST
Danita.
Apologies.
I have previously grown evergreen Rhododendron 'Girard's Hot Shot Variegated' ..and have never seen/noticed leaves with such noticeable white hairs on the leaf surface as in PhilPots images.
It is certainly a Rhodo readily available in UK where the variegated leaves turns a rich red/bronze colour.
It is even sold by Rhodo. experts at Glendoich near here.

https://www.glendoick.com/shop...

I will need to look more carefully at it next time I am there.

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PhilPots
Oct 22, 2017 1:40 PM CST
I'm blown away by the knowledge on display here, and the willingness of strangers to help!
Thank you so much everyone.

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