Plant Identification

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by Leanne Power, Oct 11, 2021.

  1. Leanne Power

    Leanne Power New Member

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    Hi there,

    I am hoping that someone may know what this shrub is. I live in Victoria, BC.

    Plant is growing as a hedge and has been blooming throughout Sept and into Oct (large white flowers). The flowers don't have a scent.

    It is approx. 25 - 30 feet tall.

    Thanks,

    Leanne
     

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    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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

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    I like that suggestion better than the direction I was going. Looks like at least some species of Escallonia can flower into October locally.
     
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    Thank you both for your help with this!
     
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    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Not convinced.
    Escallonia are so tender even here in UK.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    E. bifida is a USDA zone 9 -- so it is possible. Leanne, what is the distance (as the crow flies) to the ocean from where this is?
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Plant asked about is definitely an Escallonia. Despite being directly lined up with the center of the Fraser Outflow zone Victoria somehow manages to grow tender plants. For instance if these plantings are still there the Royal Roads(?) college has a tree fern with a trunk and a Podocarpus totara. And Escallonia of various kinds are common in Central Puget Sound independent outlets, resulting plantings. With it being only the occasional sharpest winters that hammer them - and even then it's not unusual for these to sprout from the root crown afterward.
     
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    Thank you all for taking the time to respond to my question. I am located in Rockland, Victoria. It is about 750m from the ocean. The plant is growing along a 6ft high wooden fence and is also near to a house so is fairly protected.
    I have been told it is a Zone 9.
    Potentially these photos are a bit clearer.

    Thank you again!
     

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    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Thank you for new clear pics.
    Excellent, I am much happier!
    I have trimmed your pic to show more detail....see below.
    In it you can clearly see the large green stigma which to me is typical of Escallonia...
    leaf shape looks good for Escallonia bifida as well.
    Just learned that it is a parent to Escallonia iveyii.
    Every day is a school day!

    Quote from Trees and shrubs..see below.

    "Flowers pure white, 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 in. across, produced in September in rounded terminal panicles, the largest of which are as much as 9 in. long, and 5 in. wide, but usually much smaller;"

    Escallonia bifida - Trees and Shrubs Online

    Escallonia bifida - Wikipedia

    See snippet in Caerhays diary...a Cornish garden in UK...see below.

    31st August | The Garden Diary

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