Plant ID forum: What is this plant?

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Dinxer549
Oct 29, 2017 10:38 AM CST
Hi - this is my first post so please follow up with questions if I leave anything out.

I bought this plant a little over a year ago from my local Giant in DC. I think it was just labeled tropical plant. In the last year and a half, it’s tripled in size. This summer, for the first time, it started flowering. The flowers are very tiny light pink one, that would fall off within a day or two. I didn’t think much of it, but it appears some of the flowers pollinated and the buds are starting to grow. When I’ve grown pepper plants, it’s a similar process, but this guy is much much slower.

Now I’m trying to figure out what the plant is and what fruit I should be expecting to grow. Would love any leads. I’ve been googling like crazy to no avail.

Pictures are of the full plant, the buds, leaves, and an old one of the flowers this summer.

Thanks!!
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Name: Trish
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Yorkshirelass
Oct 29, 2017 12:08 PM CST
Welcome!
Your plant looks like a type of citrus. Are the flowers fragrant?
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islander
Oct 29, 2017 2:00 PM CST
Ardisia elliptica?
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ScotTi
Oct 29, 2017 2:14 PM CST
I am also thinking Ardisia elliptica.
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plantladylin
Oct 29, 2017 3:10 PM CST
I agree, Ardisia ... at least it sure reminds me of the Shoebutton Ardisia (Ardisia elliptica) I had years ago. We have quite a few Ardisia listed in the database, many with photos for comparison: https://garden.org/plants/sear...
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purpleinopp
Oct 29, 2017 4:03 PM CST
Without insects being able to access it, it may not get pollinated, and/or it may be self-infertile, requiring a separate individual for pollination to occur. If manual pollination is the only option, it's easy and worth a try. You can use fingers, toothpick, paintbrush, cotton swab, chopstick, whatever's handy. Since the berries are part of one of its' nicknames, it's probably able to pollinate itself, but just requires an insect, blowing wind, or you to help do it for your indoor plant.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Dinxer549
Oct 29, 2017 7:07 PM CST
I looked up the Ardisia elliptica and that seems spot on! Thank you everyone for the suggestion Smiling

The leaves don't have any scent, and it appears it somehow pollinated on it's own - I've don't manual before and didn't bother with this one because I didn't think it'd make fruit. Although it sounds like the berries are pretty meh. Will be neat to see though!

Thanks again, you all were great.

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