Unknown flowering shrub

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by mfarwell, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. mfarwell

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    A neighbor gave us this shrub from her garden, but didn't know its name. It flowers in mid-spring and, as I recall, its flowers are dark pinkish.

    Species/variety anyone?
     

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  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Maybe some kind of Prunus, such as a flowering almond.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Looks evergreen to me. I was thinking Arbutus unedo, or perhaps Myrica californica, but it isn't quite right for either of then.
     
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    I don't think it is evergreen, but should know within a month or so...
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Just to give folks here another hint at this one, you list your locale as North Thompson - I assume this means somewhere along the North Thompson River in British Columbia, somewhere around zone 4a to 5a in Canada's Hardiness Zones.
     
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    Good guess on the zone - the plant's locale is Barriere, north of Kamloops.

    Re: Evergreen - it is not as the leaves are turning yellow and dropping.

    Re: Myrica californica - the leaves of the unknown are close to, but not the same as those of Pacific waxmyrtle website. See http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ldplants/mype5.htm
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Wrong buds, habit and leaves for that one, as well as location.
     
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    The leaves definitely look like they may be part of the Prunus clan.

    I did some searching of google's leaf/plant images and have tentatively picked Prunus tenella (dwarf Russian flowering almond). I'll have to wait till spring to see if the flowers match well with that species...
     

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