identifying a bush

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by Ispied, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. Ispied

    Ispied Active Member

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    Does anyone know what this bush is? I got it from my brother-in-law who has know idea what is growing in his yard. I believe it has either white or pink blooms fairly early in the season.
     

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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    It's Prunus spp. - maybe a cherry or plum of some sort?
     
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    I don't think it get any fruit.
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    There are ornamental varieties, and also being that small I doubt that it would fruit if it could.
     
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    Thank you for helping me identify my mystery bush.
     
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    Liz Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Could it be a quince?? A young one.

    Liz
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Back to the original post . . . ;-)

    Reminds me a bit of Clethra, though I'm not 100% certain on that.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Nobody has gotten it yet, including me. Try again later when there is more to look at, such as fully developed leaves or flowers. A view that showed other useful details like winter buds or other distinctive parts would get you better results. The shot you have used shows mostly a couple sticks with new, underdeveloped leaves not exhibiting many clearly visible diagnostic features.
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Well, Steve, we all can't be fine connoseurs like you....

    Given time, that little shrub may turn into something fantastic. It seems cruel to judge it before it's had a chance to mature. That's how you end up with a bland garden.
     
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    KarinL Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    The leaves are quite attractive - can't possibly be a Prunus :-)
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    You find the leaves of Prunus disagreeable? I find myself missing my plum and cherry trees, both for foliage and fruits.... You can only look at so many palms before you start yearning for "normal" trees and "normal" fruit....
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Because it's a difficult identification challenge! That makes it interesting.
     
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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    Good for you, Michael!
     
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    Douglas Justice Well-Known Member UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society 10 Years

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    It looks like Cotoneaster acutifolius (Peking cotoneaster) to me. Many cotoneasters are weedy in some jurisdictions, as the berries are attractive to birds and the seeds dispersed by them onto suitable ground below perches. See this link.
     
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    Right, well, I'll post another photo when and if it blooms.
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Thanks - that will clear up a lot for us!
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    I also thought of the cotoneaster but wanted to see more of it before saying that was it. This picture didn't shout at me that it was that plant. Couldn't remember which particular species I was thinking of, either.
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Some of the posts in this thread were off topic and venturing into politics. I unapproved the posts, so they are missing from the thread and the conversation may seem a bit confusing.

    I realize many of us are frustrated by the current political environment and the state of the biosphere, but please try to limit such conversation to the Conversations and Chat forum and keep the conversation focussed on issues concerning how these political/social problems/issues affect or are affected by gardeners/plant researchers/botanists/ecologists, etc.

    I see more interest in these topics on the forums and I applaud people being concerned and working to learn/educate and find solutions to the great environmental problems facing us today. I feel the UBCBG forums have a definite roll to play here as we are a community of concerned and knowledgeable individuals. However we owe it to our community to be positive and open to solutions. Ranting and personal attacks are not helpful and not welcome on this forum.

    Thanks.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Thread reopened for discussion about original post.
     
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    KarinL Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    "Role", not "roll."

    If the leaves have developed further, a new picture of the shrub could be posted...
     
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    I've just noticed that it has a bud. Once it opens I'll post a another photo.
     
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    I bought a Clethera last year . .and this spring it looks very much like the photo.
     
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    Thank you for your reply. I will have to wait and see when it comes to bloom. Right now it has one very small bud, bout the size of a very small pea. I'm not sure what the Clethera buds look like.
     

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