In The Garden: What am I?

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by Donald King, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. Donald King

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    I have lost my tag and I no longer remember who I am. I am small, cute and hardy.
     
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    Donald, we really need a lot more info than that, preferably a picture : )

    Ed
     
  3. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Must be REALLY small. No wonder the tag fell off.
     
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    I sent (tried, but failed) an attachment.

    SORRY!!
     
  5. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Well Don, it looks like you just aren't able to keep anything attached these days!

    What type of magnolia is it, a star cultivar etc. or something evergreen?
     
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    Hope this is better.
     

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    Have a look here

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    A hardy Fuschia! One of the small ones. My guess

    gb.
     
  9. Donald King

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    Re: What am I? Fuschia?

    I may be wrong - obviously. But I do not think that it is a fuschia. The leaves are glossy and look a lot like ilex.

    No Ron - it is not a new magnolia clone.
     
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    Fuschia - Lottie's Hobby?

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    dunno what it is - sure is purdy, though!! i'm sure someone will be able to figure out what it is - and then i'm adding it to my 'want list' !!
     
  12. Donald King

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    Very good gb. Originally, I thought that it was a fuschia, looked for it in one of my books and it did not contain this variety. So, I thought then, that with the ilex-like leaves that it must be something else. Well, you sure know your fuschias. As I mentioned earlier, it is a very cute little plant and is still full of bloom - about 24" wide x 18" in height.

    Have you ever seen Desfontainia spinosa - looks like an inter-genus cross between ilex and Rhododendron cinnabarinum. Likewise, a very interesting, unique plant.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Donald Taylor nursery had it at Union Bay Place near University Village, back when the robusta magnolia was still there (lately it has been a stone yard). I grew it for awhile but it froze out or there was some other problem. Said to be good to about 10F.

    I tried to contact you through this site awhile back but you didn't answer. I was the guy that used to be in the magnolia society, set up the 1980 Seattle meeting.
     
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    Re: Ron B. - Contact and Magnolias

    Hi Ron -

    Yes I answered. You are/were working with Jacobson (?) surveying magnolias in the Seattle area. It appeared that you were mostly interested in M. x soulangeana of which I do not have any. I have 40 - 50 varieties of magnolias of which about half are species including several of the newly defined evergreen species, some not of bloom size.

    You are welcome to come visit any time that you wish.
     
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    ...I had one -but it died. It grows as a shrub at Royal Rhodes on Vancouver Island.

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    OK Don, great. I never got your e-mail. There are various magnolias in Seattle that could use some identification work. You may have some of the new ones. Otherwise it's a problem of trying to name older saucer and southern clones that appear repeatedly yet can't be named using descriptions and photos available - same problem as with other groups like Lawson cypress where certain ones at least were clearly common at one time but are no longer in commerce, unable to be figured out using published information.

    Don't remember the Desfontainea at Royal Roads. Maybe I saw it when I was there and then forgot about it. How big?
     
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    Re: Desfontainia

    I originally saw it at the RSF. I have 2 - 1 in light shade and a new plant (from the RSF plant distribution) growing with more sun. I want to see if it can take more sun and bloom better. It is a slow grower. I have had my 1st plant for about 7 years - now about 2ft tall. Got it from Heronswood - remember them? :>(

    I have never been to Royal Roads.
     
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    glass brain is definitely correct, it is a Fuchsia. It looks very like one we grow. If we have a mild winter it stays evergreen outside. Check out Fuchsia microphylla. It might also be Fuchsia thymifolia. I believe that F. Lottie Hobby has flowers which are 2 tone (red and pink). See....


    http://images.google.com/imgres?img...microsoft:en-gb:IE-SearchBox&rlz=1I7SUNA&sa=X
    Hope this helps.
    We also grow Desfontainia spinosa, many people mistake the leaves for holly.It needs acid soil. As Ron says you may find your winters are too cold.


    Sorry about the spelling. I REALLY hate it when people mis-spell Fuchsia. Then darn me ,I have done it myself. Put it down to a senior moment!!!!!!
     

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  19. Ron B

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    Supposed I believe to like the same combo of top in sun and roots in shade as eucryphias etc.

    Given a sheltered position and half-shade this beautiful evergreen is hardy in the Home Counties

    --Hillier Nurseries, The Hillier Manual of Trees & Shrubs (2002, David & Charles, Newton Abbot)

    Generally seen as a small shrub in gardens where choice and tender plants thrive, it can make in time an immense bush, as at Rowallane, Northern Ireland. It is best in lime-free, humus-laden soil in sun

    --Thomas, Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos (1992, Sagapress/Timber Press, Portland)

    Hill/Narizny, The Plant Locator - Western Region (2004, Black-Eyed Susans Press/Timber Press, Portland) listed Bovees nursery, Cistus nursery, Gossler Farms and Heronswood as sources.
     
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    Clarification, please. Fuchsia or Fuschia?
     
  21. Ron B

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    Named after Fuchs.
     
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    Thanks, Ron. Good to know that my cat, Fuchsia, lived for 17 years with a correctly-spelled name.
     
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    togata... I know full well that it is Fuchsia... in a rush... I got it badly wrong!!!! Sorry.
    Post now corrected.
     
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    Re: What am I? Fuchsia thymifolia

    Flowers look like my plant which exactly matches the description and photos I found for Fuchsia thymifolia. It has little leaves with points like a tiny holly, evergreen but not shiny or prickly, and flat rather than cupped as holly leaves usually are. I've had mine for about 6 years and it grows to about 2.5' tall and is still blooming beautifully in mid-November. I prune it a bit every year and in a hard winter it died back nearly to the ground but came back no problem. My location is quite shady with very poor drainage, so it is naturally soggy except in summer when I keep it watered. I recently gave someone cuttings and they rooted easily.
     

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