Intersesting small tree with red curling bark -NOT a maple

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  1. Kate C

    Kate C New Member

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    I saw this interesting curling maple small tree, about 10 foot high.It is just starting to leaf out and it has small fuzzy leaves that are in an opposite pattern.It was in a garden for Mediterranean type plants. Perhaps some kind of southern (like Australia or?) plant.Have had no success with identifying so any help greatly appreciated.
     

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  2. Silver surfer

    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Maybe Polylepis australis.

    Quote wiki..."The plant has small, pinnate leaves, 7–10 cm long, normally composed of five or seven leaflets. In harsh winters, Polylepis australis survives by producing rolls of loose, papery like exfoliating brownish bark;"

    Polylepis australis - Wikipedia

    POLYLEPIS  AUSTRALIS 13-05-2012 14-02-24.JPG POLYLEPIS  AUSTRALIS 13-05-2012 14-02-36.JPG POLYLEPIS  AUSTRALIS 13-05-2012 14-02-45.JPG POLYLEPIS  AUSTRALIS 13-05-2012 14-03-07.JPG
     
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    Oh Thank you. That looks very close. The leaves that are just coming out look a little fuzzy and may change to something more shiny.
     
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    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Mystery tree....Leaves are compound pinnate which I believe rules out Arbutus sp.
     
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    I am pretty sure it is the Polylepis australis. When the leaves are more fully out I will post another photo.
     

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