Help Identify! Garden plants Northern California

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  1. dukhiram

    dukhiram Member

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    I recently moved into a house a bit south of San Francisco, about 20 miles inland from the coast, and found some plants in the garden that I cannot identify. Please help!

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    Large evergreen tree with slender 2inch by 0.2 inch leaves
    Red flower, hibiscus-like, but leaves don't resemble the hibisci I know ...
    Red berries -- no thorns so not pyracantha
    Some fast-spreading tiny ground flowers
    A slender evergreen tree, doesn't seem to grow over 15 ft, trunk and leaf photos.

    Any help much appreciated!

    Dukhi Ram.
     

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  2. lozronz

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    Hello,
    I think 2 is Podocarpus salignus, 3 is a Rhododendron of some sort (hundreds of cultivars!), 4 is Nandina domestica and 6 is some sort of wild Geranium I think (may possibly be called a Cranesbill).
    I'm spent. Sorry I'm not much help with the others.
     
  3. abgardeneer

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    5). Polygonum capitatum
    6). A potentilla, maybe Potentilla tridentata.
    8). An arabis.
    12). Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus).
     
  4. Margaret

    Margaret Active Member 10 Years

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    The last is an antirrhinum which is also commonly known as a snapdragon because if you squeeze the sides of the flowers together they look like a dragon with an open mouth. Have never seen a dragon so I don't know if it does or not!!!
    Margaret
     
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    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    5. Persicaria sp.
    6. Fragaria (strawberry)
    8. Alyssum.
    11. Pittosporum tenuifolium.
    12. Antirrhinum (snapdragon)
     
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    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    9. Looks very much like a Leptospermum.
     
  7. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Not sure what the first tree (pics 1-2) is, but it isn't Podocarpus salignus - the mystery tree has opposite leaves, while the podocarp has alternate/spirally arranged leaves.

    Last tree (second-last pic) is a Pittosporum, probably Pittosporum tenuifolium.
     
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    KarinL Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Erodium for the little pink flowered plant in Picture #7.
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Maybe I'm missing something, but #2 really looks like Cepillo (Callistemon viminalis) to me.
    #6 is definitely a strawberry.
     
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    Acckk, yes, a strawberry for #6 - I went back and forth on that one for some reason!
     

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