Bush Question

christine1950August 12, 2013

I spotted this in the woods behind my apartment this morning and it looks like a China Doll to me, is that possible in NY?

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

No, it's not possible. Could be amur honeysuckle or Callicarpa.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 12:16PM
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christine1950

Thanks purple, what a shame its back in the woods, I like its bushy growth.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 12:35PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Do you have ground space for such plants? The honeysuckle is a just a giant weed, but Callicarpa (beauty berry) is a lovely native that makes beautiful purple berries, not hard to find where they sell shrubs/trees.

A China doll tree shouldn't be hard to find. If you have a store nearby that sells EA plants, they've been available often when I visit WM. Just wish I could understand the scheduling, when they get new plants in (and, of course, that there was somewhere else to shop for plants.)

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 9:07AM
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christine1950

Thanks purple but I live in an apartment complex so it wouldnt be possible. I just have to keep all my plants in containers on a small balcony.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 9:20AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Well that keeps things from getting out of hand, ...doesn't it? A lot of days I wish plants were not outside, or up high on a balcony. So many mosquitoes out there. Do you still get bit on your balcony?

Did you google images of those berries? They don't look real. Remembered I had a pic of some I saw 'in the wild' last Oct.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 10:06AM
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christine1950

Yes, they are the same berries as in your picture, pretty purple :>) My balcony is screened in so I'm lucky this year, but come next month I will be moving to a downstairs apartment with a small patio that is not screened in :>( I will have to deal with the nasty critters next summer, summer is winding down up here and I'm ready for the cooler air. I HATE the humidity we have been getting the last few summers, doesnt go well with menopause & my hot flashes LOL...
Christine

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 11:07AM
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